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Dame Nellie in the Mitchell Estate Garden, Lilydale (c.1927)


This home movie filmed by Spencer Shier in 1927 features Dame Nellie Melba at her home, the Mitchell Estate Garden in Lilydale, Victoria.

Curator’s notes

This black-and-white footage features a rarely seen playful Dame Nellie Melba relaxing in her home.

Spencer Shier was a stills and moving image photographer who worked in Melbourne during the 1920s and 1930s. He made a number of home movies and also filmed society weddings. The National Gallery of Victoria holds around 200 of Shier’s photographs.