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Portrait of Dame Nellie Melba GBE by Henry Walter Barnett

Dame Nellie Melba GBE (19 May 1861–23 February 1931), born Helen Porter Mitchell, was an Australian opera soprano. She became one of the most famous singers of the late Victorian Era and the early 20th century. Melba was the first Australian to become a world famous classical musician.[1]

Melba was born in Richmond, Victoria. Her father was Scottish. She died of septicemia in Sydney.


  1. Biography at Australian Dictionary of Biography online

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