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Dame Nellie Melba Park
Dame Nellie Melba Park

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A park commemorates opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba.

Helen Porter Mitchell adopted the professional name Melba to acknowledge her birthplace, Melbourne. She began to study singing seriously after her marriage in 1882. Following appearances in Sydney and London, she made her operatic debut in Brussels in 1887.

It was the start of a phenomenal 38-year career on the world stage. In 1909 Melba undertook a sentimental tour of Australia, and was greeted with adulation wherever she went. During the war, international travel was restricted, but she was energetic in her war work. Melba was appointed a Dame of the British Empire in 1918 and elevated to Dame Grand Cross in the order in 1927.


Address:Coppin Street, Dame Nellie Melba Park, Richmond, 3121
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.819444
Long: 144.988889
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:People
Source: MA,ADB
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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