Nellie MELBA

Also known as: née Helen Porter Mitchell, Nellie, Dame Nellie Melba

Born: 19/05/1861

Died: 23/02/1931

Special Achievements:

Australia's greatest opera singer.
1911 - First Australian opera super star.
First Australian singer to be recorded on cylinder.
First performer in the world to have an opera broadcast live on radio (England).
1918 - Dame of the British Empire (DBE).
1927 - Awarded Dame Grand Cross of the British Empire (GBE).
1929 - Awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire.
2001 - Inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

Additional Information:

She made her first public appearance at the age of six, singing Shells of the Ocean.
The classic Australian dishes “Peach Melba” and “Melba Toast” were named after her.


  • References

    (1984/85, Summer).  (article unknown).  THIS AUSTRALIA, 50.

  • References

    Bowring, Pat.  (1990, January 30).  Australian Trivia.  WOMAN’S DAY, 26-27.

  • References

    Rocciccioli, Roland.  (date unknown).  Dame Nellie Melba’s favourite car.  (magazine unknown), page unknown.

  • References

    (2000).  Melba – supreme soprano.  John Mapps (editor), Australia's Yesterdays:  The Illustrated Story of How We Lived, Worked and Played (165-169).  Sydney, NSW, Australia:  Reader's Digest (Australia) Pty Ltd.

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    Nellie Melba, her father, David Mitchell, and a young girl (Nellie's niece, Nellie Paterson), in Melbourne

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