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by Gae Anderson Paperback, 218mm x 140mm, 378pp, full index, illustrative sections including facsimiles in colour of Sheet Music Fronts. Price includes post & packing in UK only (Please enquire for Europe/Rest of World prices) Harry Rickards is recognised as one of the most colourful and dynamic showmen to appear on the Australian Variety Stage. Rickards' debut as a comic singer on the London Music Halls during the late nineteenth century, and his subsequent career, was tarnished by spats with fellow artistes, court appearances for bad behaviour, failure to pay debts, accusations of slander, and violence in marriage. Circumnavigating the globe with troupes of players, he settled in Sydney in 1892, and established the Tivoli chain of vaudeville theatres throughout the country. Rickards' life and times are documented in this fast moving biography, from his humble beginnings in Stratford, Essex to fame and fortune in the Australian colonies as the true King of Vaudeville. Rickards was known as "the Napoleon of Vaudeville".