Macdonald Dictionary Record: John Lawrence Hall

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One record, handwritten in ink on rectangular card, with biographical information for John Lawrence Hall. Written by George Ranald Macdonald for the Macdonald Dictionary of Canterbury Biography project, 1952-1964.
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Marks/Inscriptions: H. 43 Hall, John Lawrence ( 1888) was the best known of the early crctor- managers in Ch.Ch. Capt. McLellan of Lylt said (LT. 18.10.88 ) that in '56 John Hall signed on as an R.B. on the brig Mary Grant at Valparaiso , having just left the American ship Rovers Bride. He was a very smart man in the forecastle and was a leading hand in wor king the sails and a great favourite with all on board on account of the entertainment he gave them by and step dancing . He stayed in the Mary Grant for 6 mon thse singing and when McLellan a next met him it was at Newcastle and he had then been some months on the stage. He was in Ch.Ch. in '61 and was manager to Geo. Lumley 7.4 and c8 C.J. Martin q.v. They put on songs, tricks and dances and were all round entertainers. In '63 he took a lease of the Canterbury Music Hall which had been built with t idea that the Canterbury Musical Soc, should gusev 1s concerts there; and he converted it to a theatre which would hold 5 or6 hundred people, and clustered it the The Royal Pum cess Flea tire . It was in Gloucester St on the South side opposit the present Theatre Royal site. His opening night was on Boxing Day '63 and his play was The Hunch Back of Notre Daine. LT. 24.12.63 : 8.10.64 : 10.8.66 : 7.2.68; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: H. 43 J.Hall In another account of him t was said that he first appeared in Ch.Ch. in 58 as a clown in a dog show which was put on in a tent next door to the White Hart right of way. He carried on in his theatre till. early in '65. Hoskins and Miss Colville ran a stock com pany with frequent charges in the bill. He was married by special license in 64 at St. Johns Lat. Sq. to Laura Wiseman . He failed financially in '65 and he and his wife left for Melbourne and got an t at the Princess Theatre. They were very success ful in Australia engagement( and were heard f afterwards in the V.S.A. They were in Ch.Ch. again in '68. He did not appar again in Ch.Ch till the opening of the nen Theatre Roya 4.1.76. It was designed by A.W. Simpson, He was given a great reception. Fires were Frequent in Ch. Ch in his time. He distinguished himself several times by his courage and leader ship in dealing with then . He put his name down for the C.Y.E. in Oct. 64. He was backs again on Sept. 82. During this towr he went bankrupt white he was in Wgtn. and his company broke up. He and his wife were engaged by Williamson to play in panto nine in Aust. and they lt Wg 1 in Dec. 8 LT. 8.10.64 : 26.4.71 : 22.9.73 : 14.11.76 : 21.9.8 2; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: H. 43. At one time he started a paper in Ch.Ch. called The Mail. It was carried on by various people - J.C. Wilson, Caygill, ad Montague Mosley and others and was always a low grade paper. He was said to have married again in 84 at St Michaels to Jessie Grey bout the marriage is not in the St. Michaels Marr. Reg. He was known everywhere as Johnny Hall. He d. at Sydney Oct. 88 of consumption. Survey of his ten ure of Royal Princess Theatre LT. 26.7.65 Opening play i f Theatre Roy al in 76 School for Scandal. LT. 16.10.88; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer




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