Bert’s return in 1911

Bert and family returned to Australia in the October 1911. They had been gone nearly 8 years. He was booked by theatre manager Harry Rickards who owned the revamped Opera House theatre in Melbourne and the Tivoli Theatre in Sydney.

Designed by William Pitt, the new Opera House theatre in Bourke Street opened in 1901 and was renamed the Tivoli in 1914. It closed in 1966. Bert wrote of his return engagement published in the Lone Hand Magazine –
However, tragedy would strike Bert’s co-star just as he was leaving the country in March 1912.

Punch Newspaper (Melbourne) March 7 1922

One response to “Bert’s return in 1911”

  1. George the I, the trained monkey – mate you’ve lost it!


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