Newspaper Articles

The following is a summary in date order of articles and advertisements relating to Mae Busch's parents. These cover their stage names of Dora Devere, Dora Busch, Lelliott Busch & Lelliott, Paragon Trio and The Busch Devere Trio.


Advertisement for the appearance of Miss Dora De Vere

Sydney Morning Herald 22/5/1883


After being closed for a week, during which a good deal of renovating work was accomplished, the Theatre was reopened on Saturday evening last, to introduce to Adelaide audiences  Frank M. Clarke's Speciality company, that came with a big reputation from the adjoining colonies. The company includes Mr. Clark, himself a rarely good exponent of Hibernian humour, Wilson and Cameron, whose dancing and negro business delights the gods, and Miss Dora DeVere a talented young vocalist.   Southern Argus 22/3/1885


Advertisement for show with Miss Dora De Vere, Alhambra Theatre George St. Haymarket, Sydney.  Sydney Morning Herald 15/3/1886


Advertisement for New Year concert at Opera House crn King & York St. Sydney. Miss Dora De Vere is one of the acts.    Sydney Morning Herald 31/12/1887


Advertisement for Queensland season at the Theatre Royal, Brisbane Dora De Vere is one of the acts.   Brisbane Courier 27/1/1888

 Married Frederick William Busch 6/2/1888


Frank M. Clark's All Star Novelty Company have been playing at the Theatre Royal for two weeks. As was to be expected from anything piloted by Monty Browne, the company has thoroughly justified its name. Every member is a star, and every item is a novelty. Dora de Vere is a pleasing contralto cantatrice.   Queensland Figaro & Punch 11/2/1888


Frank M. Clark's All-star Novelty Combination gave their final performance at the Theatre Royal last night. The house was filled in every part. The programme opened with a farco called "TheDummies," in which Messrs. Wilson and Cameron appeared, and which excited much amusement. Miss Dora De Vere sang a new ballad.  Brisbane Courier 21/2/1888


Adelaide 19/3/1888  to 31/3/1888 Dora De Vere

Two Concerts in Melbourne 31/12/1888 and 1/1/1889  Dora De Vere


Advertisement for Dora Devere   Argus Melbourne 21/1/1889  to 9/2/1889


THE CONCERT. A very excellent concert was provided by the management yesterday evening, when, with the assistance of Mr. McNicol and the Horsham Liedertafel, the ladies and gentle men engaged gave an enjoyable concert. Professor Andrews, who has the director ship of the musical arrangements, opened with a duet on the piano with Miss. Levewell, and was followed by Mr. Lindsay who, in a splendid tenor voice with well cultivated falsetto sang "My Pretty Louise" with splendid effect. The two numbers given by the Liedertafel were "The young musicians" which was given for the first time last week at the "smoke night" and which was well rendered, and "Rest, dearest rest," also excellently done. Miss Maud Curling, who was in exceptional voice was encored for her numbers "Dear heart" and "My sweeter self" and Miss Dora de Vere has created for herself a very favourable impression, her voice being a rich contralto. She sang "Out on the deep" and "Alas, those chimes," Mr. Lindsay also sang " Romany rye." The audience were sent home in thorough good humour by the irresistibly comical impersonations of Mr. Cecil Forcester, a mimic of exceptional cleverness.  Horsham Times 12/4/1889

Charles Santley Concerts – F. W. Busch 2nd Violin.  Argus (Melbourne) 18/5/1889


Birth of Dorothy July 1889 – Death of Dorothy Nov.1889



19/10/1889 and 23/11/1889 Dora De Vere


Tasmanian tour 5/2/1890 to 21/2/1890 Miss Dora De Vere.


A certain amount of license is allowed in opera bouffe, but still the line must be drawn between it and nigger minstrel business. Aurora, the domineering wife of Bolero, was played by Miss Dora de Vere, who is new to us in this line. She certainly fulfilled all that could be expected, and gave an excellent representation of the character ; her singing of the music allotted to her was also satisfactory.   Barrier Miner (Broken Hill) 7/4/1890

Miss Dora de Vere has hitherto had very little opportunity of showing her: abilities but last night she fairly surprised the audience by the power and spirit of her acting and singing, and was encored in her first song.  Barrier Miner (Broken Hill) 17/4/1890

Miss Lambert -- was a good representative of Little Buttercup, though now and then she did overstep the modesty of nature," and treatt the audience to burlesque rather than travesty.  Miss Dora de Vere was hardly the ideal Cousin Hebe, but other- wise ßhe did full justice to the part.   Barrier Miner (Broken Hill) 21/4/1890

The other performers all gave creditable renderings of their parts, especially Miss Dora de Vere as the Marchioness.   Barrier Miner (Broken Hill) 24/4/1890

Miss Dora de Vere, as the ' Marchioness' took her part in an ordinary style, as also did the remainder of the company. The finale, ' With Rapture Glowing,' brought things to a close. Burra Record (SA) 6/5/1890

Two nights Kilmore, Victoria 23/5/1890 Dora De Vere

' Maritana' was the production last night at the School of Arts Hall, and the audience (which was as large as could be expected, considering the weather) were entertained with effective part renditions. Miss Elsa May, Miss Dora De Vere, Mr. Percy Shannon, Mr. Jules Simonsen, and Mr.Wentworth won much favour by their singing and acting,  Bathurst Free Press 2/8/1890

Miss Dora De Vere, "though suffering somewhat from cold, was a most tuneful Lazarillo. We have indeed heard "Alas those Chimes!" sang better, but in the duet " Sainted Mother," towards which every lover of the opera looks, the voices blended with delicious melody Maitland Mercury 21/8/1890

Miss Dora De Vere played Stella with force and success and the pretty part of Leila in the hands of Miss Queenie Norton was very satisfactorily.  Maitland Mercury 23/8/1890

The Simonsen opera season at the Royal is a frost. A weak company, an indifferent chorus, and cheap mounting are not sufficient to arouse any special enthusiasm in us these hard times. The attendance during the week has been decidedly poor. On Saturday "II Trovatore was attempted, and met with very slight success. Miss Elsa May was an unsatisfactory Leonora and Miss Dora Busch was worse as Azucena.  Otago Witness 30/10/1890

Miss Dora Busch plays Nancy in Melbourne  Argus (Melbourne) 18/10/1890

The Chilpenc Amateur Operatic Company has made arrangements for the performance of Herveys work at the Opera house next Saturday evening The opera will be given under the conductorship of Mr W. J. Turner, and the principals will be Miss Sara Liena, Miss Dora Busch, Mr. J Hancock, and Mr. and Mrs T. Upton The company has bad the work in rehearsal for the last four months.  Argus (Melbourne) 8/11/1890

The matinee performance of the "Chilperic" extravaganza which was given by the company of amateurs banded together under the conductorship of Mr. W. J. Turner at the Opera-house on Saturday was well attended, and passed off in a satisfactory manner. Miss Dora Busch was also a satisfactory representative of Brunehant  Argus (Melbourne) 17/11/1890


Advertisement for new show in Melbourne Dora Busch  Argus (Melbourne) 13/12/1890



Advertisement for a performance 23/12/1890 Dora Busch as Brunehant Argus (Melbourne) 20/12/1890


Advertisement Dora Busch   Argus (Melbourne) 6/1/1891


Advertisement for the last show of the season. Dora Busch  Argus (Melbourne) 6/3/1891


Birth of Annie May (Mae) Busch 16/6/1891 – five month break.



A clever combination, capable of cajoling the cachinnatory muscles of the many. Here may be found the 'roses and rapture of risibility while the lilies and languor of lassitude are dispelled.

No Surcease of Success  The Triumph of Talent  The Apotheosis of Aptitude and Ability

An Avalanche of Amusement.   Featuring Miss Dora Busch.

Argus (Melbourne 17/8/1891  till Argus (Melbourne) 14/9/1891


Launceston season 5/12/1891 – 11/12/1891

Miss Dora Busch received a unanimous re-call for "With all her faults."  Launceston Examiner 5/12/1891


Hobart Season 14/12/1891 – 19/12/1891  Miss Dora Busch

Melbourne Town Hall: In the performance of the “Messiah” "The trumpet shall sound," the trumpet obbligato being well played by Mr. FWBusch; in  " But who may abide the day of His coming " and " The people that walked in darkness " he evinced an inclination to revert to the measured, pumping style which was so noticeable a year or two ago, and which he should endeavour to carefully avoid. Argus (Melbourne) 26/12/1891



Boxing night show 26/12/1891 Dora Busch   Argus (Melbourne) 26/12/1891



Renovated and newly fitted throughout with the electric light. Dora Busch Argus (Melbourne) 13/2/1892


Miss Dora Busch of the Theatre Royal Melbourne.  Sydney Morning Herald 21/3/1892


A crowded house assembled in the School of Arts on Saturday evening to witness the performance of the Vaudeville Minstrel and Specialty Company.  Miss Dora Busch was called upon to repeat "Farewell, Marguerite." Sydney Morning Herald 11/4/1892


Concert Horsham, Victoria 28/6/1892

Two concerts Broken Hill NSW 1/7 and 2/7/1892  Miss Dora Busch


Adelaide 6/8/1892 – 3/9/1892

Miss Dora Busch possesses a clear powerful mezzo soprano which will be heard later on probably with better effect when she becomes more accustomed to the acoustic properties of the hall. Her voice is of such volume as to be ample without any special effort to produce greater power. Her enunciation also may be expected to improve. The ballad which she sang, 'Once,' was received with every sign of approbation.  South Australian Register 8/8/1892


Bendigo 10/9/1892 – 21/9/1892

L. Roberts, was equally well received, and she had to respond to an encore. A similar compliment was paid Miss Dora Busch, a very pleasing contralto singer, who sang with good taste and expression, "Hear the Wild Winds Blow."  Bendigo Advertiser 12/9/1892

HUDSONS SURPRISE PARTY  Adelaide 24/9/1892 – 5/1151892

Miss Dora Busch was in good voice and sang ' Alas, those chimes” very pleasingly.

South Australian Register 24/9/1892

Miss Dora Busch was most successful in her song ''Mother, Dear.'

South Australian Register 3/10/1982

Misses B. Ferman and L. Roberts had to repeat their double song and dance, ' ' Angels Without Wings,' as did also Miss Dora Busch, who very effectively sang 'True Till Death'

South Australian Register 10/10/1892

Miss Dora Busch exercised her robust voice with " Bid me good-bye and go,"

South Australian Register 24/10/1892

HUDSONS SURPRISE PARTY  Brisbane Season 21/11/1892 – 7/1/1893

Miss Dora Busch, a contralto of much sweetness and power, sang " Out on the Deep." It is a rather "mannish " song for a lady it is true, but Miss Busch treated it so well that it was undoubtedly the best number of the evening.  Brisbane Courier 27/11/1892

Misses Dora Busch and Laura Roberts were very pleasing in a musical comedy sketch, entitled " The Same Thing Over Again ;"  Brisbane Courier 8/12/1892

HUDSONS SURPRISE PARTY  Sydney Season 28/1/1893 – 11/2/1893

Miss Dora Busch displayed a strong and tuneful quality of voice in " The Deep Sad Sea " (encored),  Sydney Morning Herald 2/2/1893

HUDSONS SURPRISE PARTY  Tasmanian Season 17/2/1893 – 1/3/1893

Miss Blanche Gerard sang "I'll follow thee," and Miss Dora Busch " Out on the deep." They are both capable vocalists, the latter possessing a rich contralto voice of great depth and power. They were encored.   The Mercury (Hobart) 17/2/1893

Miss Dora Busch proved herself the possessor of a rich contralto voice by her capable rendering of the well-known song "Out on the deep," a composition very seldom attempted by a lady vocalist.   Launceston Examiner 28/2/1893


Melbourne Season 11/3/1893 - 14/4/1893  Miss Dora Busch

Bendigo Season  6/5/1893 – 16/5/1893

 Miss Dora Busch gave a very sweet and piquant rendition of ' Dearest and Only Love."   Bendigo Advertiser 13/5/1893



Colac 16/6/1893

Kilmore 22/6/1893

Benalla 4/7/1893 = 7/7/1893

“True till Death" showed to the best advantage Miss Dora Busch's splendid contralto voice, which she uses with skill and taste, and she was the recipient of very hearty applause.

The North Eastern Ensign (Benalla) 7/7/1893


Next Wednesday evening the thrilling sporting drama, "A Life for a Life," will be produced, when this excellent company will be reinforced by the inclusion of Miss Dora De Vere and several other popular professional artists. Fitzroy City Press 11/8/1893

The Cogill Bros,' New Minstrels Company commences a season in the Opera House tomorrow night. The Messrs Cogill Bros. are well known managers and proprietors, having had some large experience in the theatrical business in Australia. They will arrive here to-morrow from Sydney in the s.s. Talune. There are in the Company many artists of repute, Buch as Slade Murray, an English comique, and a leading lady violinist, Miss Katherine Vincini, who wherever she has been, has delighted her hearers. Mr Alf. Hotlond, a powerful baritone, Miss Laura Roberts, soprano (an Auckland favourite), Miss Dora Busch, a powerful contralto, and singers of equal note are in the Company. Otago Witness 22/8/1893

Coghill’s New Minstrels

Two lady members of the company contributed ballads. Miss Dora Busch, who has a powerful and melodious contralto voice, was heard to advantage in the number, "Dearest and Only Love." She was warmly applauded and encored. Miss Laura Roberts also found favour at the hands of the audience for her singing of "Embarrassment." The first part concluded with a finale entitled You Get a Sausage," which created great laughter. A number of capital variety items were given in the second part. The acrobatic song and dance business of Mr Fred Garnett was exceedingly clever. Mr Harry P. Cogill gave two songs of merit. The first was a song named “The 7th Royal Fusileers," of the London jingo type, and the second a scena "The End," descriptive of an office clerk who robs his master to back race horses, and eventually shoots himself. Both items were greatly appreciated, the scene especially being quite realistic. Auckland Star 24/8/1893

The Cogill Bros, minstrel and variety combination continue to draw large audiences to the Opera House, and the entertainment provided is evidently appreciated by the masses. A new programme was presented last night. In the first part, Mr Alf Holland's descriptive song "Honour's Call" was decidedly one of the best items. He was loudly recalled. Miss Dora Busch also sang "Out on the Deep" in a finished manner, and was encored, while Miss Laura Roberts was heard to advantage. “Same Thing Over Again," by Misses Laura Roberts and Dora Busch secured deserved applause . Auckland Star 31/8/1893

 Harry Cogill has a good voice and a pleasing style, and his songs always go,' Alf. Holland possesses a passable baritone, Chas. Norwood a fairly good alto, Laura Roberts and Dora Busch sing acceptably enough, and Katherine Vincini plays the violin charmingly. But the much-puffed Slade Murray's contributions to the programme can scarcely be considered elevating. Mr Murray is a music-hall artist, pure and simple, and not a particularly brilliant one at that. Such vocal gems as 4 Good Old Mary Anne and I Haven't Got the Chuck Up to Now,' are far better adapted to an audience composed of East- End costers or the ears of a Sydney ‘push’ than to a mixed audience such as that which assemblies nightly at the Opera House and which contains many respectable young women and girls. Observer (NZ) 2/9/1893

A change of programme had the effect of attracting a large audience to the Opera House on Saturday night, to witness the performance of the Cogill Bros.' Minstrels. The first part, entitled "New Year's Calls," was an entirely new one. Miss Amy Johns made a decided "hit" with her match song, and Mr C. W. Cogill's comic song “Didn't Like to Mention it," created great laughter. Miss Dora Busch and Miss Laura Roberts were in good voice, and both singers were recalled for their contributions. Auckland Star 4/9/1893

Cogill Bros' Minstrels produced another new programme last night and it had the effect of drawing a large audience to the  Opera House. One and all of the items were capital, and probably the programme was the best the company have produced during their Auckland season. In the first' part, "Grandpa’s Birthday," fresh innovations were introduced. Miss Dora Busch was in splendid voice, and the melodious tones of her contralto voice were heard to advantage in the ballad 'The Sweetest Song of All She was loudly recalled for her effort

Auckland Star 7/9/1893

The Cogills are doing splendid business at the Opera House. Their later programmes have been entirely free from those objectionable features to which I considered it my duty to draw attention last week. With commendable celerity the management acted on the hint conveyed in my first notice, and now the show is as wholesome as bread and butter but more tasty. Dora Busch sang “Deep Sad Sea” with immense effect Observer (NZ) 9/9/1893

The chief feature of the performance was the staging of the screaming Irish two-act farce “Muldoon's Picnic," in which tho principal characters wore represented by Misses Laura Roberts, Dora Busch, Messrs C. W. and H. P. Cogill, J. Wilkinson, Slade Murray and A. Holland. The farce was a most laughable one, the amusing situations greatly tickling the audience. Auckland Star 11/9/1893

A large audience assembled at the Opera House last night to witness the clever minstrel, and variety entertainment of Cogill Bros. company. To-night, the farewell performance takes place. A varied and attractive programme has been prepared for the occasion. The first part will comprise the scenic production of The Voyagers," which is said to be replete with funny situations, witticism, and vocal gems. In the second part, Mr Slade Murray sings his latest and original songs, "Balaclava," "Never Moro," and "I Forget." Misses Katherino Vincini, Laura Roberts, Dora Busch, the Cogill Bros., and Fred Garnett appear in new songs and acts.

Auckland Star 16/9/1893

A ballad, “The Sweetest Song of All”, by Miss Dora Busch, was one of the best vocal items of the evening. Miss Laura Roberts and' Miss Dora Busch sang the duet “The Same Thing Over Again," and a step-dance was performed by Mr. Jack Evans. Miss Katherine Vincini took the house by storm with her solo on the violin, of which instrument she is an able exponent. A sketch by the Cogill Brothers, who style themselves "Kohinoors of Kolonred Komedy," sent every one into fits of laughter. Followed by a shadow dance and a fan dance by Misses L. Roberts, D. Busch, E. Clifford, and M. Arline. Evening Post (Wellington) 21/9/1893

On Wednesday evening the Cogill Bros. New Minstrels opened for a season in the Opera House. As there have been no local productions, they have had nothing to prevent them drawing the people and they have drawn 'em, crammed houses greeting the rise of the curtain every evening, on two occasions not a seat to be had by a quarter to 8, and our Opera House is no small place either. Miss Dora Busch (another song and dance artiste, with a sweet- and powerful voice, which she knows well how to use to the best advantage Laura Roberts and Dora Busch appear in the pleasing duo, “The same thing over again." A farcical comedy, "Muldoon's Picnic," opened the programme. It deals with the eccentric conduct of one Muldoon (J. Wilkinson', his practical jokes played upon a too bibulous neighbour, Dennis Mulcahy (C. W. Cogill), and to well-meant but never-carried-out intentions of Tim O'Brien (Slade Murray). Misses Roberts and Dora Busch and A. Holland filled the remaining parts. The audience was kept in roars of laughter, but the piece might with advantage be curtailed. Otago Witness 28/9/1893


COGILL BROS.' NEW MINSTRELS. In spite of the unfavourable weather there was a full house at the Theatre Royal last evening, when Cogill Bros. New Minstrels opened their present season. The pit and stalls were crammed, and the circle was well filled. The Company brings a high reputation from Australia, and that it is well deserved was shown by the enthusiastic applause which greeted the various items on a comprehensive programme last evening. The "burnt-cork business is entirely confined to the cornermen, and the curtain rises on a gorgeously adorned stage, on which acme fifteen artists of both sexes are seated, with Mr Alf Holland, representing the grandfather of the family, as interlocutor. Mr Charles Cogill, as Pete, gave some very clever business with two tambourines, and Mr James Wilkinson made a very good Bones." Many of the jokes had the merit of being quite new to Christchurch, and nothing approaching the vulgar was allowed to intrude. After the usual routine, Miss Amy Johns sang a pretty ballad, "The Love Test," some novel effects being introduced into the chorus. Mr Alf Holland, who possesses, a well-trained baritone voice with a good range, gave the descriptive song "Here Upon My Vessel's Deck." Mr J. Wilkinson's comic song, "I'll Give HimTa-ra-ra," was a very amusing number, and suited the popular taste. The mandolin solo by Miss Eunice Fernandez showed that the lady possesses considerable skill with the- instrument, her medley of popular airs including some difficult variations. Miss Dora Busch's rendering of the ballad "The Sweetest Song of All" gave full scope to her powerful soprano voice; and Mr Charles Cogill's comic song, Didn't Like to Mention It," fairly brought down the house. Miss Laura Roberts was suffering from the effects of a bad cold, which prevented her being heard to advantage in the pretty waltz song “Lovers and Friends." The whole of the above items were encored, some of the artists having to respond to double recalls. The second part opened with some clever contortion business by Mr Fred Garnett, after which Mr Harry Cogill displayed considerable vocal and dramatic ability in the descriptive scena The End." Misses Roberts and Busch sang an amusing duo, “The Same Thing Over Again," in which a number of popular airs are cleverly introduced. Mr Jack Evans' skilful clog dancing was much admired, and then came the lady violinist, Miss Katherine Vincini, who played in a popular style a selection of airs with variations, showing a good deal of command over her bow. She was vociferously encored, and responded with another equally good performance. The Cogill Bros, then amused the audience with some of their quaint nigger comicalities, and four young ladies performed a pas de quatre, in which they exhibited some very graceful skirt dancing. Mr Slade Murray, whose reputation does not belie him, treated the audience to three of his character songs, which are well-known on the London stage, his efforts being greeted with deafening applause. The programme concluded with the amusing farce Shadowed, in which the characters were well sustained. The entertainment, which is one of the best of its kind that has been seen here, will be repeated this evening. Evening Post 5/10/1893 THEATRE ROYAL.Click here to view this newspaper article

 Mr Perman, the advance agent for the Cogill Bros. Minstrels, is in town making arrangements for the season here. The company comprises over 30 performers, and have met with considerable success in the north. Mr Slade Murray (an English comique) and Miss Katherine Vincini (a violinist of repute), are with the Cogills, who are already favourably known. Miss Laura Roberts, Miss Dora Busch, and Mr Howland are also leading members, and the entertainment is said to be of a refined character. The Star (Christchurch) 13/10/1893

 Misses Laura Roberts and Dora Busch rendered with pleasing effect their duet "Piscalinda," while at a later stage, together with Misses Ethel Clifford and May Arlea, they displayed their skill in graceful dancing, enthusiastic recalls being accorded them. Otago Daily Times 10/11/1893

 “The same thing over again," was sung by Misses Laura Roberts and Dora Busch, and was evidently thoroughly appreciated while the same young ladies, in the company of Misses Ethel Clifford and Mary Arlea, danced a pas de quatre arranged by Miss Ethel Clifford. The dance is a graceful and pretty one, and the ladies went through the salutatory movements in a manner that called fourth loud demonstrations of approval. Otago Daily Times 20/11/1893


Melbourne 17/12/1893 – 9/2/1894 Dora Busch

At Frank Clarke's Melbourne Alhambra, Billy Barlow, the "blue-tailed fly," Charles Fanning, Alf. Holland, Edwards, Norris, and the Nipper, Florrie Forde, Dora Busch, Flo Schuler, Will Whitburn, Slade Murray, John Wadley, Sisters Anderson, Bovis Brothers, the three Beaumonts, Harry Shine, and F. M. Clarke. Otago Witness 18/1/1894

The Bondi Aquarium was looking attractive on Saturday afternoon, when a large number of visitors were present. One of the principal features was the concert held in the pavilion. After an overture by the aquarium orchestra, the Paragon Trio gave the “Hunters March” on two mandolins and guitar. Mr A. Lelliott contributed a euphonium solo, and the concert polka “Inseparables” was played by Messrs W. Busch and H. Lelliott. “The Mocking Bird” was contributed on zylophones by the Paragon Trio, and the bell ringers played “Poor Old Joe”. Sydney Morning Herald 22/1/1894


 Dora Busch (Mrs Muldoon, in Muldoon's Picnic" with Cogills) has accepted an engagement as leading contralto with Manning's Opera Company for the West Australian tour. The season opens in Perth March 15 1894 Otago Witness 8/3/1894


Perth Tour 15/3/1894 – 9/5/1894

Miss Dora Busch, is the contralto of this company, and has one of the finest voices in Australia. Miss Busch has great experience as an operatic artist in Europe and America, and has just fulfilled a highly successful engagement in Sydney. Perth people will be delighted to bear her sing. West Australian 15/3/1894

Miss Dora Busch made a very successful appearance, and gave very general satisfaction as Siebel. She has an undoubtedly fine contralto voice which would well repay further cultivation. She obtained an encore and a handsome bouquet for her singing of the aria  " When all was young." West Australian 22/3/1894

Another slight disappointment was the Aurore of Miss Dora Busch. This lady has acquired a reputation as a comedienne which no doubt she deserves, but she did not quite support it on Saturday night. Aurore, the spouse of Don Boloro, is a Spanish duenna of much force of character and expression, and, although Miss Busch indicated this, she was occasionally decidedly inarticulate. Her portion of the music was rendered with all the requisite fullness of tone, and in the lack of distinctness of enunciation, no doubt there will be an improvement to night. West Australian 26/3/1984

Miss Dora Busch was uncongenially placed as the wife of the grandee, and her enunciation was so bad as to occasionally seriously impair tho success of the scenes in which she took part. West Australian 27/3/1894

Miss Dora Busch, as Siebel, undertook her music with much success, and her contribution to the general effect was distinctly valuable. West Australian 30/3/1894

Miss Dora Busch, as Lazarillo, was not too familiar with the part, She was encored for her rendering of  “Alas those chimes.” West Australian 30/3/1894

Miss Dora Busch's Gipsy Queen showed that lady to greater advantage than her part in her two previous appearances, though she seems to have a defect in clearness of declamation. West Australian 5/4/1894

Miss Dora Busch, as Lazarillo, was thoroughly at home in her words and music, and her beautifully sung " Alas, those Chimes," was vociferously re-demanded and as pleasingly repeated. West Australian 7/4/1894

Miss Dora Busch, as Lazarillo, and Mr. Wentworth (King of Spain) as before, delighted the audience with their acting. Miss Busch had the audience with her in her beautiful rendering of "Alas, those Chimes," which, as on all previous occasions on which she has sung it, received the warmest applause. West Australian 11/4/1894

Miss Dora Busch fairly divided honours as Madame Lange. She looked and dressed the part to perfection, and sang her music better than she has ever sung before. She was encored for the inspiriting couplets "The Soldiers of Angereau," and received the same well deserved compliment for her singing of Sir William Robinson's song "Remember me no more," which was judiciously interpolated. It should be said that this number had been admirably scored, and the orchestra played the accompaniments very delicately. This was one of the principal successes of the evening. Miss Busch's acting was also worthy of much praise, in fact she achieved an all round success which must be very gratifying to her, and the many friends and well wishers she has in Perth. In the quarrelling duet she scored heavily, and thanks to the spirited and realistic acting of both ladies the number was received with an enthusiasm not often manifested by a Perth audience.  West Australian 12/4/1894


Adelaide season 16/6/1894 – 10/10/1894

Probably one of the beat variety entertainments ever given in the Bijou was that presented by the ever-popular Hudson Surprise Party on Saturday. The Theatre was again crowded in every part by the time the curtain rose, and in the back portion not a few were content with 'standing room only.' In this entertainment both the grave and the gay are amply provided for, and nothing is introduced that would offend the most exacting, every item was redemanded, and in most cases complied with. It is difficult to particularize, but one of the numbers which found most favour was Miss Dora Busch's song ' Remember me no more.'  South Australian Register 26/6/1894

Tour of India 10/10/1894 to 20/4/1895

Burtons National Circus. The Paragon Trio gave a very clever musical performance on the bells and the whole company plunged into the pleasure of tumbling, being accorded hearty applause. Launceston (Tasmania) Examiner 17/1/1895

 Dora Busch (round Maoriland in '03 with Cogill Bros.), in India with Hudson's Surprise Party, now calls herself Devere. Dora, when a member of Frank M. Clark's Silk Stockings Variety Company, was known as Dora de Vere. Otago Witness 24/1/1895


Perth Season 20/4/1895 – 10/5/1895

The  popular Hudson Surprise Party will arrive in Perth on or about the 20th, and will open in the Town Hall on Monday evening, the 22nd inst. Mr. Hudson has gathered together quite the strongest combination which has, ever sat in his merry circle, and his recent tour in India, from which he is returning, has been a magnificent success from start to finish. At Calcutta the Company have been playing in the Theatre Royal, which is owned by Mr. Hudson him- self, to splendid audiences. Amongst the new members of Mr. Hudson's Company is Mr. Harry Shine, a brilliant comedian, vocalist and dancer, who won his spurs on the English stage, where he is highly esteemed. The ladies are as charming and as talented as ever, including Miss Eunice Perrnahdez, a toubrette vocalist and a skilful performer on the mandolin; Miss Lillian Stanbridge, a highly trained vocalist; Miss Jessie Thornton and Miss Dora Busch, who is already well and favourably known to Perth audiences.  West Australian 12/4/1895

Bijou Theatre Launceston; The Paragon trio, consisting of Messrs Busch and Lelliott brothers, received quite an ovation for their musical acts. Selections were given on the bells, piano, mandolin, violin, banjo, and other smaller instruments with some great skill.

Launceston (Tasmania) Examiner 19/4/1895


Miss Dora Busch, who is well remembered in Perth as a member of the Manning Opera Company, and especially for her very capable performance of Madame Lange, in La fills de Madame Angot, was the first soloist, and her contralto was heard with much effect in Löhc's "Out of the deep.” West Australian 22/4/1895


Adelaide season 20/5/1895 – 17/6/1895 Dora Busch

FRANK M CLARK (Whitburn & Akarman)

Melbourne 1/7/1895 – 6/9/1895 Dora Busch

The Leopold Family, with their clever dog "Nipper," Ada Colley, Harry Shine, Bovis Brothers, Eunice Fernandez, Wallace King, Dora Busch, Billy Akannan, and others are at Melbourne Oxford. Otago Witness 1/8/1895

With F. M. Clark at Melbourne Oxford are the Leonard family (4) (who provided the Living Bridge in A Span of Life with Holt's Company), Ada Lempriere, Ada Colley, Hsuiy Shine, Bovis Brothers, Wallace King, Will Whitburn, Eunice Fernandez, Dora Busch, Billy Akarman, Horace St. George, and Lil Lynton. Hudson's Surprise Party leave Australia September 25 for India, where they remain six months. Otago Witness 8/8/1895.

Theatre Royal Adelaide:  The Paragon Trio made their first appearance in Adelaide and played with a fair amount of success on two mandolins and a guitar, two cornets and a slide trombone, three xylophones, concluding their performance with a clever exposition of bell-ringing, which brought down the house. Chronicle (SA) 9/11/1895

William Busch, through Maoriland with Cogill Bros in ‘93, has joined hands with the two Lelliotts and makes up the Paragon Trio with Percy St. John's Cambridge Company at Adelaide Royal. Otago Witness 21/11/1895


A thoroughly "holiday house" greeted the first appearance of the Royal Burlesque and Gaiety Company at the Princess Theatre on Boxing night. Long before 8 o'clock every seat was utilised, and the curtain rose on a crowded theatre, the management having reluctantly to turn away not a few would-be patrons. The company is a strong one, and embraces performers who are not altogether strangers to Dunedin— viz., Mr Percy St. John, Mr Fred Cambourne, Miss Ada Lempriere, and Miss Bel Ponsonby, who were included in the Brisbane Gaiety combination that visited Duuedin some time ago. These, together with the other members, were accorded a very favourable reception. The bill for the evening was the extravaganza 'Cinderella," or the old-time fairy tale, freely interpolated with up-to-date songs, dancing, local allusions, &c. The whole affair has plenty of colour and motion, and is cleverly put together. The' dancing appears to be a strong point of the company, and certainly it was a part of the performance that was received with every manifestation of approval. The character of Cinderella was assumed by Mies Ada Lempiere, who sang and acted with graceful abandon throughout the evening. As Prince Peerless Miss  Bel Ponsonby also succeeded in winning a large share of the applause. Miss Dora Busch, who appeared as the page (Buttoni), possesses an exceedingly pretty voice, which she uses to effect. Her singing in the first act was quite a feature of the evening's entertainment, and her efforts were so much appreciated that emphatic demands for encores were made. Mr Percy St. John and Mr Hill Stevens were responsible for the, fun of the evening, and right well did they do their duty. They appeared as the ugly sisters of Cinderella, and their amusing vagaries kept the audience in a perpetual, titter. The latest song craze, ''She wanted something to play with," was sung by them and, with such success that all present were provoked to quite immoderate fits of laughter, while the risible faculties of the audience were by no means relieved when a song full of local allusions was added. Mr Fred Cambourne as Baron Gormano made the most of his opportunities. Miss Emmie Martin as the Princes valet looked and acted prettily, while Mr T. C. Gallaugher performed what little he had to do as the demon with skill. As the Fairy Queen Silverstar Miss Blanche Wilmot proved to be a graceful performer, besides possessing a sweet voice of effective range, her singing of "'Espanita" eliciting a hearty encore. Quite the most enthusiastic round of applause during the evening was evoked by little Miss Addie Favart. She is aptly designated as little, but she displayed quite a marvellous knowledge of stage art. Her acting is quite spontaneous and natural, and her dancing is a feature of her performance. Her singing of "The giddy little curate" brought the" "house down," and the audience would fain have had a treble encore were it not that such a request would be calculated to strain the physical powers of the little artist. Later on she was equally successful in her impersonation of "The girl up to date”, and her appearance in the bifurcated garment, generally, referred to as the reform dress, was highly mirth provoking. The Turkish soldier, Mr Frank Abosaleh, gave an exhibition of his skill in spinning a gun, and such was the rapidity of his movements that the weapon at times became well neigh invisible. The gun was whirled round his head, arms, and body in a bewildering fashion, and, notwithstanding that the performance must have cost him considerable effort, encores were insisted upon. The Paragon Trio —three gentlemen who are skilled in the use of musical instruments—also gave an exhibition of their powers, their bell ringing being perhaps the best performance of that class that has been witnessed here. In the last act the primrose ballet was gone through, and those taking part met with the same success as at previous stages of the evening. "Sinbad the Sailor" replaced "Cinderella" on Monday, evening. Sinbad the Sailor," like its predecessor, has been revised, localised, and written and scored up to date. The burlesque is in three acts, and is liberally interspersed with specialties and the latest musical numbers. Little Addia Favart sang "Di-di" from “Go-bang” and later in the programme gave "What will you take for me, papa?" The "Paragon Trio" have some new items, and M. Frank Aboualeh exhibited some more of his wonderful manipulation of muskets. Mr Will Stevens contributed three comic items, among which is a parody on I was dreaming, specially written for him by Mr St. John, Miss Bel Ponsonby performed the butterfly, dance, and the royal ballerinas danced two pretty ballets. Miss Dora Busch and Miss Blanche Wilmot sang "A Venetian lullaby” and Silver Star" respectively, and in addition there is witty dialogue, catchy music, and local gags. Otago Witness 2/01/1896 Click here to view this newspaper article


A change of programme was presented by the Royal Burlesque and Gaiety Company at the Princes Theatre on Saturday night, the Oriental burlesque Aladdin being placed on the boards. The attendance was fairly numerous. The burlesque is one which overflows with humour, while the music is certainly pretty, some of the choruses being especially effective. The performance, however, was not confined to the burlesque itself, as numerous specialties, local allusions, new songs and dances were introduced, and most of these were received with undoubted tokens of approval. The part of Aladdin was entrusted to Miss Emmie Martin, who executed the duties devolving upon her with every skill. Miss Ada Lempriere and Miss  Bel Ponsonby appeared as Princess Badroulbadour and Pekoe respectively, and, as in the previous productions, their acting, singing, and dancing can with justice be referred to in terms of high praise. Mr Percy St. John as the Vizier and Mr Fred. Cambourne as the Emperor of Tartaty were likewise most successful in the representation of their respective parts. The Widow Twankey as portrayed by Mr Will Stevens was the amusing old dame known to all theatregoers familiar with the piece, and the audience were frequently provoked to mirth by her eccentric behaviour. Mr Stevens also sang with success several comic songs, receiving emphatic encores. Other parts were taken satisfactorily by Misses Nellie Finlay, Lily Howard, and Blanche Wilmot, and Mr Harry Brandon. Vocal solos introduced with happy effect were “Remember me no more," Miss Dora Busch, Baby eyes," Miss Lempriere and Look back," Miss Wilroot. A feature of the performance was the Girls of '95" ballet, which was received with quite enthusiastic applause. The pretty Primrose ballet was also gone through, while Mons Abosaleh repeated his capital gun-spinning performance. Miss Addie Favart again charmed the audience with her specialties, while the Paragon Trio—Messrs Lelliott, Busch, and Lelliott— gave another exhibition of their skill in bellringing. To-night the same bill will be repeated. Otago Daily Times 6/1/1896

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Misa Dora Busch, who appeared as the page (Burtoni), possesses a pretty voice. Her singing in the first act was quite a feature of the entertainment, and emphatic demands for encores were made. Southland Times 14/1/1896


Mr Percy St. John's Royal Burlesque Company will commence their Oamaru season to-night (Monday) with the burlesque-extravaganza of "Cinderella." This burlesque was recently received very favourably in Melbourne, Adelaide and Dunedin, and is said to be replete with funny dialogues, comic situations, and sparkling music. Specialities are given by the Paragon Trio, who are described as the musical wonders Mons. Frank Abosaleh, the Turkish soldier and champion gun swinger of the world, little Adie Favart, the clever serio-comic dancer and the Royal Ballerinas, who will dance the Primrose ballet. The cast is a strong one. Mr Fred Cambourne will sustain tho character of Baron Gormano Mr Will Stevens and Mr Percy St. John, the jealous sisters, and the sayings and doings of this eccentric trio are bound to keep the fun going. The part of the heroine will be sustained by Miss Ada Lampriere. Miss Dora Busch, who is the possessor of a fine contralto voice, will play Buttoni. Miss Bel Ponsonby will fill the role of Prince Poppeti, and Miss Emmie Martin and Miss Blanche Wilmot will appear as Dandini and the Fairy Queen respectively. All the latest London songs and dances will be introduced, and as the company have been playing together for some months a good performance may be anticipated. There will be a full orchestra, under Herr W. Busch. The prices are popular, and we hope to see the Oamaru theatre packed to its utmost capacity. North Otago Times 20/1/1896 Click here to view this newspaper article


Mr Percy St. John's Royal Burlesque Company will commence their Timaru season at the Theatre Royal to-night with the burlesque extravaganza of "Cinderella." This burlesque was recently received favourably m Melbourne, Adelaide, and Dunedin, and is said to be replete with funny dialogue, comic situations, and sparkling music. Specialities are given by the Paragon Trio, who are described as the musical wonders. Timaru Herald 22/1/1896

The Company, of which Mr Percy St. John is the director, arrived yesterday afternoon by the S S Upolu, direct from Dunedin, after a most successful season in that city, where tho press were enthusiastic in their praise of the various programmes presented. The company commences their Auckland season to-morrow evening (Regatta night), on which occasion the burlesque extravaganza of Sinbad, the tailor" will be presented. Auckland Star 28/1/1896


There was a thorough holiday audience at the Theatre Royal last evening, on the occasion of the opening of the season of the Royal Burlesque and Gaiety Company. The building was crowded in every part, and numbers had to stand. The company, which is a very versatile one, gave a representation of the extravaganza Humpty- Dumpty, which serves to introduce a number of piquant and highly amusing items. The piece, which was extremely well mounted and staged,- was evidently to the liking of the audience, who applauded to the echo nearly every scene. The local allusions- and jokes with which the Burlesque opens were evidently appreciated.  Little Addie Favart's character song, The Giddy Little Curate," received an encore, to which she responded with a well executed clog dance. The duet, She Wanted Something to Play With," was a very humorous item, and was redemanded. The song and dance, The Two Topsies," by Misa Nelly Finlay and Miss L. Howard, was very, well executed, and had to be repeated. The patriotic song, Dear Mother England," one of the latest London music-hall items, created quite a furore. It was loudly encored, as was also a primrose ballet prettily danced by four young ladies. Miss Dora Busch, who possesses a very good voice, sang in pleasing style as a scena, "Remember Me no More," bowing her acknowledgments to an encore. One of the best items of the programme was the musical melange of Herr Busch and the Lelliot Bros, who gave a quarter of an hour's performance on several instruments, which so pleased the audience that a repetition was insisted on. The Trilby Ballet was a very pretty and piquant item, and in response to rounds of applause the young ladies repeated it. Mr Will Stevens's vocal absurdities pleased the audience immensely, and he was not allowed to depart without a. triple encore. All through, the performance was an extremely mirth-provoking one. Humpty- Dumpty will be repeated this evening. Star 7/4/1896 Click here to view this newspaper article


Theatre Royal. There was another good house at the Theatre Royal last evening, when the Gaiety Burlesque Company produced the burlesque of Faust. The performance right through was a creditable one, and compared more than favourably with those which the company had previously given. The acting and singing were of a bright and sparkling character, and many of the introduced songs and dances were encored. Miss Dora Busch made an excellent Faust, her singing being both tuneful and bright. Miss Emmie Martin made a piquant Marguerite, while Mr Percy St John was quite at home as Mephistopheles, though at times a trifle heavy. Miss Ada Lempriere made the most of the part of Wagner and Mr F. Cambourne was extremely funny as Siebel, the fat boy. Miss Bel Ponsonby and Mr T. Francis as Valentine and Poetic Justice were very good, and Mr Will Stevens was in his element as Dame Martha. Little Addie Favart's songs and dances were much appreciated, and the musical olio of Messrs Lelliott (2) and Busch was twice encored. Star 15/4/1896




This Company .made its first appearance in the Princes Theatre to a good house last evening and fully justified the good reports, which had reached us. It is, without, doubt, one of, if not the best variety company, that has visited Hokitika. Every member is good in his or her particular line and consequently the entertainment was diversified, and relieved from all trace of the tedium of sameness. The vocalists, Misses Polly Robinson and Dora Busch are in possession of sweet, cultured voices, the latter especially scored a decided success the duet which constituted their last item was exceptionally good. Madame Fredo is an accomplished trapeze-ist. Some of her feats were amongst the cleverest we have seen, whilst the act on the double trapeze with the little boy Lar was quite a marvel, displays as much freedom when suspended in the air as most people do on terra firma, and exhibited a fearlessness and pliancy of limb that could scarcely be realised, One of her feats was to hang suspended in mid air. holding in her teeth a cord by the aid of which Lar performs a series of intricate, feats as this part of the  performance lasts several minutes some idea of the muscular strength required can easily be estimated. The little boys, Lar and Bubbles, provide, an entertainment of their own. They sing, dance, and tumble after the most approved fashion, some of their character songs and drolleries fairly convulsing the audience. Madame Fredo also appeared with the boys, and Mr H. Crawford in some grouping acts, her strength being again exhibited in supporting the trio, Mr Crawford on her shoulders, and the boys extended on either' side.

Mr Crawford, who is professionally known as a "grotesque comedian" comes to the Colonies with a very high American reputation He is decidedly original and shines as a high, kicker. He can kick his own hat off with the greatest possible ease in fact it is impossible to say how high those supple  legs of his will extend. Professor Montague is a host; in himself. He first gave the fire eating act which of itself seemed sufficiently suggestive of "the place where there's no winter," but when he puffed smoke and ejected lumps of burning material from his mouth the illusion was complete,. As a soupcon to this satanic performance he drew yards of tape and ribbon- and a long sash from the same receptacle. As, a juggler he is also exceptionally good and put into the shade-many of the Japanese whose presence is regarded as such a valuable adjunct to circus companies in addition to his other performances Professor Montague gave a pleasing little ventriloquial performance. Another feature, illustrative of the varied nature of the entertainment, was contributed by the Paragon Bellringers Herr Busch and Messrs H. and A. Lelliott. Their trio, a guitar and two mandolins West Coast Times 12/5/1896 Click here to view this newspaper article


The Paragon Trio again delighted their audience. Probably the management do not fully realise the value of the performances of Messrs Lelliott, Busch and Lelliott they are most capable musicians and provide a capital orchestra in the latter Miss Dora Busch is also a great acquisition. Mr Crawford also pleased his admirers in his specialities. They appear again tonight and should be greeted with a full house. The West Coast Times 14/5/1896


There was a very fair audience in Ewart's Hall last night, when the Montague and Fredo Company opened their palace of varieties. The programme was undoubtedly one of the best variety productions that has yet been given from the local stage, and it goes without saying that it was highly appreciated. There is a good deal of talent m the company, and a marked quality of the organisation is its versatility, which enables it to render a programme full of verve and incident. The Company's programme, too, was unusually long, but the interest of the audience never flagged for an instant. The Paragon Orchestra is composed of thorough musicians, and their overtures and accompaniments were very capable. Madame Fredo combines grace with truly Herculean strength, and her acrobatic feats were as muoh applauded as her teeth suspension act (the holding m her teeth of a trapeze on which Lar Fredo performed a number of aerial feats), or her lifting of the six cwt of living humanity." The two boys, Bubbles and Lar Fredo, contributed a large share to the evening's enjoyment, their comic songs in character, and their acrobatic feats being equally good. Miss Polly Robinson was recalled for all her songs, her sweet voice being heard to advantage in “Here's Love to Old Ireland" and a Yoodelling Oubet Speciality. Miss Dora Busch used her fine contralto voice with effect m Mother England and "The Sweetest Song of all," and received hearty encores. The Spanish seranadi “Frisealenda" sung by Miss Robinson and Miss Busch, was a most pleasurable item. Mr H. Crawford established himself in the very high favour of the company, his comic songs all bringing down the house. He also took a oreditable part in the acrobatic revels by the Company's troupe, and his champion high kicking was quite a feature of the programme. Professor Montague excited great wonderment with his clever fire eating and jugglery and was accorded rounds of applause; and in his ventriloquial performance he showed himself to be a very capable exponent of the art of Valentine Vox. Then there are the Paragon trio (Messrs Lelliott, Busch and Lelliott) who gave selections on all kinds of instruments, mandolines guitars, etc., etc and the Paragon bellringers, who scored a great success with their dexterous manipulation of the bells, -and the Xylophone. The entertainment was concluded with Fred Fredo's farce, which caused great merriment. The management claim that they especially cater for families and, as may be seen in the advertisement, they make unusual concessions for children. The Company itself is composed of four distinct families, and they certainly give a superior family entertainment. Tonight an entirely changed programme will be rendered, and the public may depend upon it that it will be as full of variety and talent as last evening programme. Marlborough Express 17/7/1896

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The three musicians— Messrs Lelliott, Busch and lelliot- are adepts in the art which they profess, and their selections on the mandolins, bells, brass and other instruments were repeatedly encored. The capital descriptive ballads sung by Miss Dora Busch, and the equally attractive numbers contributed by Miss Polly Robinson met with unanimous approval, particularly the charming Spanish duet in which they were associated in the second half. Wanganui Chronicle 1/8/1896

Montague Fredo Compay.

This company gave a first-class variety entertainment in the Theatre Royal last evening, and it is safe to say the combination put on a programme which of its kind has not been excelled in Hawera for some time. Madame Fredo incited astonishment with her feats on the trapeze, her dexterity on which was greeted with rounds of applause. The acts on the double trapeze with the boy Lar were clever to a degree. Madame Fredo's feats of strength, too, were alone worth the price of admittance to see. On one occasion she bears the weight of three men and two boys on her shoulders. The two boys Lar and Bubbles were well received, and deservingly so. Their singing tumbling, and dancing would have done credit to adults. The most pleasing feature of the whole entertainment was the instrumental music by Herr Busch and Messrs H. and A. Lelliott. Their trios on guitars and mandolins were much enjoyed, as were their selections on brass instruments as bellringers, also, they were a great success. Mr Harry Crawford brought down the house with his comicalities, and Professor Mantague added to the comic element with his ventriloquial powers. The Professor also gave an exhibition of juggling and fire-eating. The last-mentioned was quite sensational, as also was the manner in which he reproduced the fire as well of dozens of yards of ribbon, etc. Misses Dora Busch and Polly Robinson contributed a number of songs and ballads. The whole concluded with a farce, Squatter Wilson's first visit to Hawera, which was amusing.

To-night the company make their final appearance, when special facilities are offered to families, the purchaser of a circle or front seat ticket being privileged to take two children free.  Hawera & Normanby Star 4/8/1896

 Departures: Auckland: S.S. Richmond for Rarotonga and Tahiti. Passengers: Mr & Mrs Fredo and two children, Mr & Mrs Busch and child, Messrs H. Crawford, Montague, Lelliott (2), B. Wilson and H.H. Hemus.

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In The USA

The Orpheum.  Several new "acts" were introduced last night, and all of them were successes, though widely differing in style. The Grand Opera Quartet — composed of Guille, tenor; Miss Julia Cotie, soprano; Miss Dora Busch, contralto, and Signer Abramhoff, basso — made the hit of the evening, and the rendering of the quartet from "Rigoletto" was loudly applauded. San Francisco Call 16/2/1897

Instrumental musical pot- pourri by the noted trio Lelliott Busch & Lelliott. By the kind permission of the manager of the Orpheum. San Fransisco Call 14/3/1897



Beginning to-morrow night Manager Todd will introduce a season of comic opera at the Clunie Opera-house. Special scenery has been prepared with great care by a competent artist, new stage fittings have been provided and new and special furniture. A new Wardrobe is on hand for the use of the Company that is pronounced superior to any that has been used here in many years. Though the expenses are heavy and the risk great, the popular prices Will prevail that have so long ruled at the Opera-house. The introduction of comic opera will be an agreeable change, and ought to secure for the management a large patronage, and without which the venture cannot be long continued. 'Said Pasha" will be the first opera given, and the cast will be as follows, with the support of a Btmng chorus and a good orchestra. Said Pasha (a Turkish diplomat) J. L.. Rockwell; Hassen Bey (officer of the Turkish patrol). Charles A. Deane; Terano (a Mexican nobleman). Robert Ellis: Hadad (an adventurer), O. W. Kyle; Nockey (his companion), Harry Llewellyn: Rajah (commander of altars). Francis Nicholas: Troubidad. Mustfit and Nedenfit (officers), W. E. Askins, George Bailey and D. E. Chenoweth; Serena (the Pasha's daughter), •Miss Rose Southern; Alti (the ideal Queen), Miss Maude Rockwell; Balah Sojah (the Rajah's sister). Miss Dora Busch: Semer and Punja (attendants). Sacramento Daily Union 17/5/1897

 At the Clunie Opera-house the past "Week the Wilber Comic Opera Company in "Said Pasha" has scored unequivocal success. Indeed, its work has been a surprise and greatly satisfying. Misses Hickwell. Southern and Busch have with Messrs. Bills, Hickwell given us some very charming musical effects, while Kyle and Rewellyn. as low comedians, have been simply inimitable. Beginning to-morrow night we are to have for a week the opera "Olivette." The cast of "Olivette" will be: Captain de Merrimac of the Cormorant, O. W. Kyle; Valentine, his nephew. Francis Nicholas; first cousin and heir to the Countess, J. L. Rockwell; Coguelicot, his fosterbrother and valet, Harry Bcwellyn: Olivette, daughter of seneshai. Miss Rose Southern; Bathilde. Countess of Jeusillon. Miss Dora Busch: Velontino, maid to Olivette. Miss Marie Nevins; Monstiquo, Merrimac's cabin boy. Miss Hortense Nielson. Sacramento Daily Union 23/5/1897

Dora Busch, round this way with Cogill's Minstrels in ‘93, is showing at the California, San Francisco. Otago Star (NZ) 16/2/1899.    NB actual date of appearance not known.

Lelliott Busch & Lelliott Drexel Theatre, Chicago. NY Dramatic Mirror 13/11/1897

MILWAUKEE. The Cat and the Cherub was presented at the Alhambra Nov. 2nd before the usual overflowing attendance, and the weird little Chinese play created a most favourable, though novel, impression. To fill in the time some first class vaudeville specialties are introduced.  Patrice, in a little sketch entitled A New Year's Dream, appears to great advantage, and is ably supported by Alf Hampton, F. Whitbeck, and Lelliott, Busch and Lelliott, in a comic musical act. NY Dramatic Mirror Nov. 1897

 GRAND RAPIDS. MICH.-Smith's, Good business week of 10. The people are the Australian Trio, Lelliott, Busch and Lelliott, the Kelly Trio, Henntngs Trio, Fox and Gilbert Mao Russell, Garnet Varena. and ten others. NY Dramatic Mirror 22/2/1898

 KEITH'S UNION SQUARE, NY—A special production of the animated song sheet was the feature of the bill. Lelliott Busch & Lelliott, made their New York debut with considerable success.

They do a musical turn which is out of the ordinary run.  NY Dramatic Mirror 5/2/1898

 Al. G. Field has closed the season of both his minstrel companies and is at home for the summer vacation. Mr. Field says it was one of the banner seasons of his career, the business of his two companies being 36 per cent, better than last year. Preparations for the coming season are under way, and many people have been engaged for the next tour. Among the more prominent features that have been engaged for next year is the Australian trio, the Lelliott Busch & Lelliott hand bell ringers. This is said to be a positive musical novelty.

NY Morning Telegram May 1898


DAYTON OHIO, GRAND OPERA HOUSE.  Season opened auspiciously with Al. G. Field's Minstrels a crowded house, and a better pleased audience never left the opera house. The olio teems with fine specialties, introducing such celebrities as Arthur Rigby, who made quite a palpable hit with his monologue and comic songs; Tommy Donnelly, a comedian of great versatility; the Faust Family; Lelliott, Busch and Lelliott. A clever musical team. NY Dramatic Mirror 27/8/1898

 TOPEKA, MASS. GRAND OPERA HOUSE. Field's Minstrels  packed the house and gave a first-class show. The first part setting was a novelty and the singing especially fine. Eddie Fox played his violin, Everhardt justified his title of M Wonder Worker," Gruet, Beers and Gruet did an excellent turn, Lelliott, Busch and Lelliott gave a refined musical specialty NY Dramatic Mirror 24/12/1898



Popular Matinee Saturday.


Who have revolutionized Music methods, accompanied by their high-classed Vaudeville Artists

ZAZELL AND VERNON, The World's Greatest Comic Triple-bar Artists and Pantomimists. The Australian trio LELLIOTT, BUSCH AND LELLIOTT, Monarchs of Instrumental Melody.

DORA DEVERE The Phenomenal Baritone Singer. London Ontario – Grand Opera House 1899


New Jersey Fred Powell—appeared at the Academy of Music between Feb. 20-23 to fair business. The performance is unique and well presented. The balance of the bill

is made up of a shadowgraph act by signer Martini, Dora De Vere an excellent baritone singer: Lelliott, Busch and Lelliott, musical team, New York Dramatic Mirror Feb. 1899


Leominster. Town HALL AND OPERA Field's Minstrels gave an excellent performance  to good business. The specialities were all first class, the acts of Everhardt, Lelliott. Busch and Lelliott, Gruet  Beers and Gruet making the Special hits.  NY Dramatic Mirror 18/2/1899

 Montreal, Canada Al. G.Fields' Minstrels opened at the Academy 0 to good business and gave an

excellent performance. Among the many good features the Faust family, Lelliott, Busch and

Lelliott are deserving of special mention. New York Dramatic Mirror 18/3/1899

 The musical trio, Lelliott. Busch and Lelliott, with the Al. G. Field greater minstrels, present a musical melange that is entirely different from that which patrons of theatre are accustomed to. Although there is a touch of comedy here and there, the music produced is the chief attraction. They are thorough musicians - the trios on the violins, cornets and bells denote their proficiency. They play the most difficult compositions interspersed with the popular airs. Their hand bell ringing is a feature in itself. One of them plays a trombone solo, using his feet to manipulate the slide. They are making their first American appearance with the Al. G. Field minstrels this season. Utica Sunday Journal 19/3/1899

 NEWARK. N. J.-Wildman's Opera House will inaugurate its twenty-first season Aug. 25 with Heuck and Fennessy's Ramblers. The performers Include Burke Brothers, Quaker City Quartette, three Dunbar Sisters. Bonita. Grace La Rue. Raymond and Clark. Dora De Vere, and Lida Dexter. Miaco's Citv Club 3-8. NY Dramatic Mirror 1/9/1900

 Hurtig & Seamans NY -  Lelliott & Busch & Lelliott.  NY Times 18/3/1900

 Fashionable vaudeville, under the management of N. Hashim, at prices ranging from 15 to 50 cents, opened on  April 2, with the intention of remaining all summer if profitable. The first week's receipts were large, but they fell off  after that and the season came to an end on May 5, after but five weeks of vaudeville. The artists engaged were as follows : April 2 - The Carmen Sisters, Emmons, Emmerson and  Emmons, Morgan and Otto, Bonnie Thornton, Fish and  Quigg, Delia Fox, James Thornton, Marie Dressier, Hall and  Staley, Josephine Sabel, the three Polos. April 9 - - Drawee, Lelliott, Busch and Lelliott.

THE BOSTON THEATRE  2nd April 1900

 Cook Opera House Rochester

A comedy and instrumental musical act will be given by Lelliott, Busch and Lelliott, who are said to be experts on the hand bells, slide trombone, cornet, violin, and other instruments. They come from Australia. Rochester Chronicle 29/4/1900

 Ethel Clerice has joined Lelllott and Lelliott. The trio are known as Lelliott, Clerice and Lelliott. They appeared week of June 18 in Montreal.

New York Dramatic Mirror 14/7/1900

 Lelliott, Clerice and Lelliott, in their new act, have retained several of the old features and many novelties have been added which bring it thoroughly up to date. All the instruments used have been specially made for the Lelliott Brothers, and the solos by Ethel Clerice, on her new harp, are a special feature.

New York National Police Gazette September 1900

 Dewey Theatre – Labour Day.  Dora Devere, song Illustrator, gave splendid satisfaction, as was evidenced by the liberal applause. Wm. Busch, musical director. NY Clipper Sept.1900

 The Ramblers Burlesquers are at Howards Athenaeum this week with Burke Brothers.

Quaker City Quartet, Mile. Bonlta. Grace La Rue. Dunbar Sisters, Raymond and Clark, and Dora De Vere. NY Dramatic Mirror 15/9/1900.

 Burke Brothers Ramblers co, of unusual merit is good card this week at the Kensington, Quaker City Quartette, Dora De Vere. La Rue Sisters, Linda Dexter Burke Brothers, are the olio favourites. NY Dramatic Mirror 3/11/1900

 ST. LOUIS, MO. This week the Ramblers hold the boards at the Standard. The olio: Raymond and Clark. Quaker City Quartette, Dunbar Sister. Bonita, La Rue Sisters, Burke Brothers. Dora Devere, and William Busch. NY Dramatic Mirror 24/11/1900


ST. PAUL. MINN.-Star  The Ramblers April 21-27. Full houses. Attractive entertainment. The olio by Mille De Leon. Dora de Vere, Grace La Rue, Virginia Lee, Charles and John F. Burk. Ruby Sisters. Kelly and Reno. Milton Schuster. William Busch and Allen May. NY Dramatic Mirror 4/5/1901


Billy Bush and Dora Devere in Illustrative songs, with a style of their own, are good. Brooklyn Eagle 28/1/1902

 Hyde & Behmans: A good musical comedy the "The Professor and His Pupil." by the Three Lelliotts. New York Press 29/4/1902

 Harlem: New Mechanic’s Theatre. Three Lelliotts New York Clipper 7/3/1903

 Will Busch and Dora Devere in songs, violin and cornet selections delighted the audience. Minneapolis Journal 13/6/1903

 The Dewey Theatre New York, was reopened for the sea season Saturday evening last with the Kagle Burlesquers as the attraction.  The opening burlesque is a travesty on The Wizard of Oz. and is called The Wizard of Jersey. The book and lyrics are by Ralph Post and the music by Robert Recker and Billy Busch. Ida Emerson, Benny Welch, Dave Conroy

and Phil McFarlane played prominent parts, and a large and good looking chorus did some smart work. Nellie Maguire. Dora De Vere, Howard Wilson mid others were in the cast.The piece was handsomely costumed and cleverly arranged by Mr. Post. The finish, in which an immense eagle in electric lights is shown is very effective. A good olio, made up of Conroy & McFarland. Nellie Maguire. Mme. Schell and her lions, the Busch-DeVere Trio and Albini, King of Cards.  NY Dramatic Mirror 22/8/1903


Dora Devere, of Busch and Devere. Is using "All is Fair In Love and War," the martial love song, which she is singing with picture slides. NY Dramatic Mirror 6/2/1904

 Proctor's Twenty-third Street.

The bill also includes James J. Corbett, Tony Wilson and Mile Heloise, Mlie. Amoros, George Friend, assisted by Milla Harris and Grace Leigh, in a novel act called Waiting for a Wife; Busch-Devere Trio. Watson and Hill, Le Smythe and Abacco. Fields and Hanson, Ed and Nettie Masse.  NY Dramatic Mirror 17/9/1904


The only and original Busch-Devere Trio as usual ran a demonstration with their solos. Illustrated with some fine pictures, those of Irish scenery being particularly good and appreciated.  The Daily Standard Union 15/10/1904

 Dewey Theatre Three Lellioitt’s in a musical comedy. New York Clipper 26/11/1904

 COLUMBIA MUSIC HALL A new musical farce, entitled "A Night In Dreamland," is offered as a part of the current week's bill. The cast Includes: Gertrude Holmes, Mattle Lockett. Dora Devere. Beta Florence and others. NY Clipper 17/12/1904

 NEW York - The Lion Palace Roof Garden will begin for the regular season when the weather makes roof-gardening an unpleasant diversion. Bessner Sisters, Williams and Aleene, Hayes and Wynne, the Busch-DeVere Trio, Boyce  and Black, the LaDelles and the Bijou Comedy Four played to packed; houses during the past week. Billboard August 1905


NEW YORK STARS. Jacob & Jermon are presenting their"Greater New York Stars" at the MurrayHill this week with Maryland Tyson featured. Miss Tyson is a good looking girl, wears nice dresses and wears them well because they are short. There is some real humor delivered by Charles Ransom as the Irishman and Billy Busch as an undertaker. Mr. Ransom makes a rather fair Irishman. He does not appear in the olio, neither does Edna Ransom who assumes a character part. Florence Davenport rises from the ranks with a speaking role containing three words, and Dora De Vere as "Calamity Jane" holds the stage too long. An illustrated musical and singing act by the Busch DeVere Trio closes, wining approval. Variety 1907


Harry Fox, who as a member of Miner’s “Dreamlands" has been attracting favourable attention for two years past, made his debut last week as the feature of Miner’s “Merry Burlesquers” at the Empire, Newark. Fox is a type of comedian rather unusual in burlesque, depending as he does upon his ability as a light comedian, rather than upon any grotesque dialect or character make-up. There is a strong element of distinctiveness in everything he does, and it is a fair prophecy that he will attract a large and valuable personal following. Fox has in his favour a clean, wholesome youthfulness, a most engaging manner and a bright, snappy way of handling dialogue and songs. His start is auspicious for he has been surrounded with a capital organization and a production second to none yet appearing about the city. The vehicle is a two act piece called “The Fixer,” by Guy Fletcher Bragdon. The book tells a consecutive story with a touch of half seriousness toward the end of the second act, an unusual arrangement, but one which works out satisfactorily. The comedy is mostly new and although it is not yet fully developed as it will be after a few weeks of playing, the show makes a first rate laughing entertainment. The foundation is there for an immensely effective piece.

The cast is an unusually large one. There are fourteen principals listed, in addition to the usual chorus of twenty girls. John Price, Ralph Ash and Bob Francisco back up Fox. Price plays an Irishman extremely well, modelling it somewhat on the character as handled by John T. Kelly; Ash is the Hebrew, while Francisco makes a funny German, a la Louis Mann. The trio have worked out several good comedy situations. Among the women principals appear Belle Wilton, as a Gypsy singer, the Millership Sisters, singing and dancing soubrettes, seconded by May Busch and Lydia Fox, while Dora Devere has the comedy character part.

A burlesque organization will have to travel some to beat this array of women.

For dressing they set a swift pace. There are sixteen numbers and the principals have new frocks almost every time they appear. Half a dozen of the numbers have been especially written for the show, perhaps the best of which are “Butterflies of Fashion,” the opening ensemble, a particularly well staged bit, and “The Lobster and the Wee Mermaid," the latter led by Belle Wilton. All the music is up to date, as witness the use of “Come on Down Town,” from “The Yankee Prince” for the finale of the first act. A better working chorus has yet to be seen this season. There are twelve showgirls and eight “ponies.” They make a glittering procession, having ten costume changes in the two acts. A short, snappy olio separates the two pieces. The Millership Sisters open with their neat dancing specialty. The Two Franciscos gave their comedy magic expose to solid laughter. The eccentric comedian of the pair makes his nonsense funny in an old way, and his burlesques are sure fire.

The Busch-Devere Trio closed. May Busch has a new serious recitation with musical accompaniment that scored tremendously. Rush.   Variety 1908

 Gayety Theatre, Golden Crook Extravaganza Company, presents a farce called "Dr. Bramley's Daffy House" and "The Two Wrong Professors.  Dora DeVere, Mazie Yale and Marie Rogers, lead the feminine contingent. The Busch De Vere trio will give an illustrated musical novelty. Brooklyn Eagle 19/4/1908



 Miner's Merry Burlesquers entertained at the Empire Theatre (Newark) 19 24. James Fox, John Price, Ralph Ash. Millershlp Sisters, Lydia Fox. Belle Wilton, Busch Devere Four, and the Two Francisco and co., and Dora made a hit. NY Dramatic Mirror 31/10/1908

 HYDE & BEHMAN’S OLYMPIC, New York. The burlesque part consists of a laughable extravaganza, "Dr. Brantley's Daffy House" and "The Two Wrong Professors," a bit of nonsense in a boarding school. William Kelly. William Busch, Frank Victor and Thomas Higgins are the fun makers and Dora De Vere. Mazie Yale and Marie Rogers lead the girls. The olio will include a comedy by Higgins and Phelps, “The New Valet": Yale and Charles Ahearn, comic bicyclist; Phillips and Lang and the Busch-DeVere Trio. A popular concert will be given to-night. NY Press 1908

 The “Fixer” put together for the purpose of exploiting Larry Fox and an excellent company of Tom Miner's burlesquers, including John Price, Ralph A.H. Rob Francisco, Billy Busch, Lerov Francisco. Stanley Fraser, Dora De Vere, Florle Millership, Belle Wilton, Lillie Millership. May Busch and Lydia Fox. Specialties: Millership Sisters, the Two Franciscos and the Busch Devere Trio. New York Clipper 26/9/1909

 Leow’s New Rochelle Theatre: Lelliott Brothers – music of yesterday & today. Mount Vernon Daily Argus 26/10/1909

 COZY – Houston, Artie Martella. Minor and Vincent. Busch DeVere Trio & Co. Billboard 27/11/1909

 ARCADE – Dayton. Sydney Toledo, good; Fred Duprez, big hit; Busch-Devere Four, very good; George Augur, headllner; World and Kingston, big applause; McCauley and Conwell, pleasing; Variety 1909

 THE BUSCH-DEVERE TRIO have purchased a one acre plot on the Sherman farm, at Central Park, L. I., and are building a six room cottage, to be ready Jure 1. Mr. Busch will

be the musical director at Sherman barn dances this coming Summer. NY Clipper 1909

 Warburton Theatre: Harrison and Lelliott were fun-makers with cornet and trombone. Yonkers Statesman 18/1/1910

 ORPHEUM - Ohio Busch DeVere Four, headliners, illustrated musical novelty, good;

NORKA - Ohio  Week of April 18, Arthur Denning, minstrel; Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Murray In an original sketch: O'Dell and Gllmore In Sweet Charity; J. P. Dunlevy, monologist; 
Busch-De Vere Four
, singers; motion pictures; good returns
. Billboard April 1910

 RICHMOND, Indiana — NEW MURRAY Gus Sun Minstrels made a big hit; Baadu-LaVelle Troupe, acrobatic cyclists, one of the best cycle acts ever seen here; and pictures 23-28; Busch Devere Four. The Booth Trio. Ben Turpin and Gus "Williams 30-June

Billboard June 1910

 GAYETY, Washington. Filled house and liberal applause greeted Al. Reeves. Was well supported. Andy Lewis. Miss Idylln Vvner, Miss Mae Busch. Miss Edna Hill and others made a hit with the audience. Billboard 2/10/1910

 WALDMANN'S Al. Reeves' Beauty Show offers many varying attractions 27-March 4, and Andy Lewis, Busch Devere Four, Idala Vyner, Marie Brandon, Ed. Morris, Loretta Leroy. Joe Kernan and Edna Hill are prominent. NY Clipper 4/3/1910


A large audience greeted the Al Reeves- Company when the curtain ascended shortly after 8.o'clock last evening on the stage of the Gayety Theatre. The first number on the programme was "The College Tout," described as a satirical review, and which served to introduce, besides a number of pretty girls, Andy Lewis, Steve Hickey and William Cahill known as "The Man from Ireland." Besides plenty of singing, dancing etc., there were ridiculous situations, witty sayings and funny incidents that put the audience in good humour for the entire evening. In addition, Idylla Vyner gave her original Spanish dances. After a short intermission the Busch Devere Four were seen in a musical comedy act;

Brooklyn Standard Union 30/8/1910


Al Reeves' burlesque entertainment may be lacking in some of the fine points at times but there is always something worthwhile seeing and plenty to laugh at. There is no "olio." The Busch-Devere Trio fill in with an illustrated picture arrangement that for kind applause effort Is a wonder. The pictures are all battleships, soldiers, mother or something of that sort which couldn't fail. The house didn't go crazy over it however. A recitation by Mae Bush almost spoiled the good impression made by Miss Bush previously. The burlesque saves the show. Mae Busch carries away the feminine honours and Mae should be handed more to do. A dandy looking girl away from the burlesque type, she is full of life and go, nimble on her feet, can sing above the average and has the right idea about clothes. Variety 17th September 1910


San Francisco – Advertisement for Lelliott Bros. New York Clipper 17/9/1910

 It would be hard for any manager to secure a better selection of principals or a better company in general than the galaxy of talent which Al Reeves has gathered about him this season. May Busch handles several bits in a competent manner, and leads several numbers in a pleasing style With a little more attention to stage deportment, delivery and gesture, she should someday become famous in her line.  A recitation by pretty May Busch and some phenomenal cornet playing by the famous Billy Busch were also included. Billboard 22/10/1910

 Gayety Toronto. Al Reeves opened the show by introducing each girl by card to the audience. He then puts on the skit the “College Tout” followed by “Conology” The American Ragtime sung by Mae Busch was well received. The Busch Devere Four introducing Billie Busch, the marvellous cornet soloist in illustrated solos and songs is all to the good.

Toronto Sunday World 3/1/1911

 Al Reeves and his "beauty show"- opened a three days* engagement at the Mohawk Theatre yesterday and were given "credit" by two large audiences. Mr. Reeves has surrounded himself with an excellent company, including Andy Lewis, the clever comedian, and a bunch of handsome chorus, girls.  The olio is one of the best, that Mr. Reeves has ever had, and is composed of Lorette Leroy, the American "coon" singer. Idylla Vyner in original Spanish dances, and the Busch-Devere Four, with vocal and instrumentals that are a treat for the ear.The company should do a record business while here. Schenectady Gazette 14/1/1911

 At the Columbia Theatre this week two short burlesques will be given by Mr. Al Reeves. They are called “The College Tout” and “Conology” The company includes Misses Idylla Vyner, Mae Busch and Ethel Gibson. Concerts will be given there this afternoon and tonight. New York Herald 5/2/1911


Lyric Hall, New York – Advertisement for Lelliott Brothers, A musical comedy. New York Call 3/3/1911

 EMPIRE Albany (.Tames H. Rhodes, res. mgr.): Al. Reeves's Reality Show 17-19. With Andy Lewis, Idylla Vyner. Julia Sinclair. Busch-Devere Four, the chief features, provided a class of up-to date performance to the usual big business. NYDramatic Mirror 26/4/1911

 The Reeves "Big Show" is in every sense of the word a burlesque show. No attempt has been made to deviate very far from the trodden path, except to present it right. There is nothing rough-shod and the absence of slapstick comedy is one of the noticeable features. Idylla Vyner. Mae Busch and Dora Devere have the principal female roles and each contributes her share of winning popular favour in their respective ways. Miss Vyner's bit does not overstep the mark. Mae Busch was seen to a great disadvantage, for she could hardly talk and led her numbers in little more than a whisper, but she stamped herself as being thoroughly capable and really did better than was expected of her. Dora Devere extracts a sufficient amount of comedy out of a character part. Ed. Morris has the most important of the other parts, giving satisfactory treatment at all times and Teddy Webb, Billy Busch and Joe Kernan handle small parts acceptably. The only speciality offering was from the Devere Trio, between the first and second parts, an offering which was well received. Variety 1911



There are more ways than one of keeping cool. At the Union Square theatre, Tuesday night, Manager Buck had some of the "ways" working overtime. Outside the theatre is a sign telling the passersby how many degrees cooler it is inside. Electric fans of two sizes are continually buzzing. One of the pictures had a snow scene. That helped some, but the audience knew beyond all doubt that it was below zero when the Durand trio walked out in heavy overcoats. It's too bad that Manager Buck didn't have a lecture on the Alps during a blizzard. But he had 'em guessing Monday night. And to tell the simon-pure truth those thick cushioned opera chairs almost spoiled all the cooling effects. But the show was a good one for a "pop" bill, and the people didn't seem to mind the heat. Deodata pleased with his magic and finished strong with Old Glory waving around the footlights. They're a patriotic bunch down on 14th street and always on speaking terms with the American flag. Mae Busch did well with her songs, receiving the most attention with "Alexander's Ragtime Band." Variety 1st July 1911

 MISS BUSCH A "SINGLE."Mae Busch, a member of the Busch Devere Trio, which was with the Al. Reeves Show during the past season is doing a single act in vaudeville. She opened recently on the Keith &. Proctor Time. Her partners, Billy Busch and Dora Devere, are resting at their home in Providence. Miss Busch has received an offer from Paul Armstrong to appear in his playlet, A Romance of the Underworld, next season. BillBoard 15/7/1911

58th Street Theatre

The Busch-Devere Trio, two women and a man, had quite a mixture of songs, instrumental music, a recitation and bugle calls. With patriotic airs and "Alexander," the audience didn’t care what became of it. That combination is enough to make anybody happy. Variety 28th October 1911


 Globe theater. New York, will be dosed this week for final dress rehearsals of Eddie Foy's newest musical comedy. "Over the River," which Charles Dillingham will present at

the Globe Monday evening January 8th. The book of the new offering is by George V. Hobart and H. A. OuSoucket, and the company includes Maud Lambert. Lillian Lorraine, Josie Sadler, Kdn« Hunter, Melville Stewart, William Sollery. Osborne Searle. David Andrada, Lester Crawford and Frank Rainger. The musical settingof "Over the River" is by John L. Golden. Syracuse Herald 31/12/1911

 Rose Winters and May Busch made their first appearances with Eddie Foy in Overthe River on Feb. 19. New York Dynamic Mirror 6/3/1912


 Lillian Lorraine, actress, who announced her marriage, misses two performances of "Over the River."         When the time arrived for yesterday's matinee performance of "Over the River," at the Globe Theatre, Miss Lillian Lorraine, who has one of the leading parts, had not appeared and Miss Mae Busch played her role. Miss Lorraine did not appear in the evening either and Miss Busch again played her role. As told in- the HERALD yesterday. Miss Lorraine, Tuesday night, announced that she had been married to Mr. Frederick Gresheimer, of Chicago, in Jersey City, on Monday last. No record of the marriage could be found, however, and the Registrar said they had applied for a license, but did not obtain one because they didn't have a witness as required. Efforts to communicate with the actress last night at her apartments in the Nevada were unsuccessful. At the Globe no statement was forthcoming as to whether Miss Lorraine has left the company, of which Mr. Eddie Foy is the star. New York Herald 28/3/1912


MAY BUSCH formerly of the Busch-DeVereTrio, has singed with Eddie Foy for next season, under Werba & Luescher's management to play Lillian Lorraine's role, which

Miss Busch understudied and played last season to the finish. New York Clipper 10th August 1912

 NEWCOMERS IN 'OVER THE RIVER." The names of Olive North and Eleanor Kent have been added to Eddie Foy's Over the River. Miss North, who is Mr. Foy's leading woman, will be warmly welcomed to Boston when the company open there on Monday next, for her success as the Turtle Dove in Woodland, for an entire Summer, is still fresh in the memory of the Boston public. New York Dramatic Mirror 18/12/1912


 Large audiences that filled Proctor's to capacity attended and enjoyed the opening performances of the new vaudeville bill, yesterday. The most original by far, and one of the cleverest tabloid 'musical comedies that have yet been offered here Is "The Antique Girl." which headed the bill and scored so strongly with Monday's crowds.There are many pretty scenes and songs during the action, as well as some excellent dances by the principals. "The Merry Minuet," a very dainty and clever dancing song was very effectively rendered. Mae Busch, a charming singer and accomplished dancer, played the part of "The Antique Girl" in which she scored an individual success.  George, as the proprietor of the Antique Shop, proved a very funny comedian, and divided honours with Miss Busch. The remainder of the large company are all very good. "The Antique Girl" ranks among the best offerings of the season, and Is alone worth going to see. Schenectady Gazette January 21, 1913


Today's performances at Proctor's will afford the final opportunities of seeing, among many other excellent offerings Jesse L. Lasky's famous musical comedy production, "The Antique Girl," with its company of fifteen talented—singers,—Dancers—and-comedians. Schenectady NY Gazette 22/1/1913

 Ferrari and Natalie, the society dancers, continue to attract the crowds to Wallich's, where they have  been entertaining for several months. Stanley Warner and Pauline Corbett will be seen in some new team work next week. Mae Busch, singer of ballads, and Dolly Marshall, the eccentric toe dancer, are also booked. New York Press 22/3/1913

Diaphanous Gown Worn by ActressOne of the most chic and becoming, if a trifle daring gowns seen this season is that worn by Miss Mae Busch, who plays a prominent part in 'The Water Cure", the Lasky farce which is the Schubert headliner this week. The act itself is a riot of laughter. Alan Brooks is a clever comedian. Utica Daily Press April 1913

 Alan Brooks divided the laugh honours of the vaudeville week with Will Cressy. He appeared at the Fifth Avenue under Jesse L. Lasky's direction in “The Water Cure”, a musical adaptation of Cheer Up, by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Cecil B. De Mille. Mr. Brooks is a legitimately clever farceur. He is almost as lanky as Vernon Castle, and his humorous ability comes from his Carle-like grotesque by-play. The Water Cure tells a slight story of a young New York clubman, who comes to a sanitarium that he may recover from an actress's breach of promise suit. From the moment Mr. Brooks appears the playlet becomes consistently funny. Between the spiral staircase of the sanitarium and the unexpected appearance of the actress, the clubman's cure works under difficulties.The other players, headed by Mae Busch, meet their slight opportunities with average success. The Water Cure moves smoothly, revealing good stage direction. It is entertaining and decidedly amusing. In fact, The Water Cure is an effective treatment for a blasé vaudeville patron.NY Dramatic Mirror Oct 1913

Keith's Up To the Mark.There's a great show for the dear old tired business man at the Grand this week. And he can take his wife and children without fear. There's a bill full of music and comedy.—good music and good comedy, too. And there are a lot of pretty girls who wear a lot of pretty clothes."The Water Cure" presented by Jesse L I.asky, the producer of "The Red Heads" and other musical sketches. The sketch includes a number of songs in which Mae Busch, Helen Bancroft, Gus Bacl and Brooks sing the leads, supported by a quartet of unusually pretty and stylishly gowned women. Syracuse Herald 11/11/1913


LORA LIEB LEAVES CASTOut of Lasky's "The Beauties'—soon to be seen in new production. Miss Lora Lieb left the cast of Jesse Lasky's The Beauties on Saturday evening. Miss Lieb has been successfully playing the principal role of the American beauty. Mae Busch follows Miss Lieb, who will shortly be seen in an important part in a new productionNY Dramatic Mirror April 1914

 The first Lasky girl act of the season will be “The Society Buds," with Clark and Gergman featured. " The Red Heads " will tour again, with James B. Carson, and " The Beauties " will once more be on view, with Mortimer Welden and Mae Busch in the foremost roles. NY Dramatic Mirror 19/8/1914

 Lasky's "The Spring Girl." 30 Mins.; Full Stage .Orpheum, Harrisburg, Pa. Harrisburg, Sept. 24.

A farce comedy with music, bordering on boisterous hilarity. The scene is laid in a water cure sanitorium built over a spring which gives its name to the piece. Mae Busch, as Minnie Waters, is mistress of the establishment. From the action of the playlet, the scene might rather be a lunatic asylum than a hospital. Allan Brooks is Billie French, a Broadway dude, bordering on delirium tremens, and brings forth the comedy. The turn contains several catchy songs, but the plot is not very well worked out. The piece is not as elaborately staged as the former Lasky acts, and there is no change of costumes for the four girls. The music is by Robert Hood Bowers, and the act written by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Cecil DeMille. Variety Sept 1914

 Billy Busch's Banner band, which has been engaged for the entire tour this season of the Al. G. Field minstrels is preeminent for the '' band" quality In Its renditions. For some years this band has been a big favourite as an attraction at Rocky Point and other summer resorts near Boston. With the Al. G. Field minstrels it gives, in addition to its other program, two free public concerts each day. Billy Busch himself is one of the best known and most talented band soloists before the public. The appearance of the band gains additional attractiveness from the gold Instruments which were manufactured expressly for it by C. G. Conn.

Cortland Standard 8/8/1914

 AL G. FIELD’S GREATER MINSTRELS – Advertisement for Billy Busch’s Banner Band NY Dramatic Mirror 16/8/1914

 The Jefferson: The Lelliott Brothers were No. 3 and put over a good hit with their musical work. There is enough comedy to make the turn enjoyable. The violin work by the straight man shows up well. A good act for the house. Variety 1914

 AL G. FIELD’S GREATER MINSTRELS – Advertisement for Billy Busch’s Banner Band Scenectady Gazette 13/2/1915

 Billy Busch Banner Band. The Al. O. Held minstrels at the opera house Friday .will be accompanied by the Billy Busch Banner band, which Mr. Field has engaged for forty weeks. It will give two free public concert each day, one at 11:45 a.m. and one at 7 p. m. In each of the concerts, Mr. Busch will be heard in his famous solo renditions. Amsterdam Evening Recorder 17/2/1915

 Mae Busch, formerly in vaudeville with Lasky’s “beauties” has signed with the Keystone Co, Variety March 1915


Mae Busch (formerly Busch-DeVere Trio in vaudeville) Feb. 12 at Los Angeles, to Leslie McDonal, a Triangle (film) director.  Variety 1915


Billy Busch, leader with the Million Dollar Dolls, is also qualifying us a "straight," doing quite a bit of talking from the pit. Mrs. (Dora) Busch is travelling with Billy. May Busch, who has been posing for the past nine months for the Keystone pictures, three months ago signed a two year contract at a steady increase of salary every quarter. She is now at the Los Angeles, Cal., studios.  New York Clipper 2/10/1916

 DEATH  Dora (nee Elizabeth Annie Lay) Busch died Providence, Rhode Island, USA 23rd Dec 1916. has husband William, born 1867 Mother May LAY father John LAY. The Christian name for her parents are wrong but everything else is correct. This is supported by a newspaper article on 15/7/1911 referring to her home in Providence R.I.


In loving Remembrance of


Who passed away Dec. 23, 1916.

Inserted by her loving Husband and Daughter,


NY Clipper 19/12/1917



 David Noakes March 2013