Nation Builders

This week’s nation builder is Dame Nellie Melba.

Dame Nellie Melba was a world famous soprano opera singer. She was born 1861 and died in 1931. She was born and raised in Richmond, Victoria. Her parents had named her Helen Porter Mitchell and she changed her name to Nellie Melba when she started her singing career. She came up with her stage name by using Nellie which was her family’s nickname for her, and Melba which was short for Melbourne. She made her first stage appearance in Brussels, Belgium in 1887, playing the role of Gilda in the opera called Rigoletto. Dame Nellie Melba performed in operas all over the world. She appears on the Australian 100 dollar note and has two foods named in her honour;  Melba toast and the peach Melba.

You can find out more about Dame Nellie Melba by clicking the following link: http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/melba-dame-nellie-7551

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