Aussie Heroes: Dame Nellie Melba.

Marin, Gabiann.

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As a child she always wanted to sing and she continued to pursue her dream of becoming a great opera star. She went to London and then to Europe, where she sang in all the great opera houses. She was awarded the order of the British Empire by King George IV and became Dame Nellie Melba. She sang at the opening of the first Australian Parliament house in Canberra and died in 1931. We are lucky she was recorded singing many songs that we can still hear today.


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Six-year-old Helen Porter just wanted to sing on stage. As a child, and then a teenager, she continued to pursue her dream of being a great opera star. Born Helen Porter Mitchell, she changed her name to reflect her Melbourne heritage. In 1887 Nellie Melba made her operatic debut. She went on to sing in all the great opera houses of Europe. During World War 1 Nellie Melba worked tirelessly holding many fundraising concerts for the war effort. Nellie Melba was the first great Australian diva. This Aussie Heroes series introduces primary-aged children to heroes who have made a contribution to Australian society. Each hero has helped others in need and in turn shaped history. An insightful look at the fascinating lives of great Australians. Written by Gabiann Marin & illustrated by Rae Dale.

Book Details

Author Marin, Gabiann.
Format PB
Publisher New Frontier Pty Ltd
Imprint New Frontier Pty Ltd
Number of Pages 128
Illustrations illus
Publish Date 1/09/2010
Catalogue Jan18
Catalogue book number 61