Objects of Fame: Nellie Melba and Percy Grainger


A bi-monthly program of talks, workshops and demonstrations from leading curators, artists, writers and scientists that make connections between our local stories, people and places and Australia’s history and heritage.



Objects of Fame: Nellie Melba and Percy Grainger

Melbourne produced two international stars of classical music – Nellie Melba and Percy Grainger – in the decades surrounding Federation. Each conquered the world’s great stages, enjoyed royal approbation and public fascination.

Join curators Heather Gaunt (Grainger Museum) and Margaret Marshall (Arts Centre Melbourne) as they reveal fascinating insights into the musical talents of Melba and Grainger, their family and professional connections, and the fame they engendered.

Objects of Fame: Nellie Melba and Percy Grainger is exhibiting at the Grainger Museum at University of Melbourne until Sun 31 Mar. The exhibition showcases these two extraordinary Australians, drawing on objects from Arts Centre Melbourne’s Australian Performing Arts Collection and the Grainger Museum.

Light Refreshments will be served. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten and dairy-free options available. 

Dr Heather Gaunt is Curator, Collections and Exhibitions at the Grainger Museum, University of Melbourne.

Margaret Marshall is Curator (Theatre), Australian Performing Arts Collection at Arts Centre Melbourne.


Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

$10 Full


Yarra Ranges Regional Museum
35–37 Castella Street, Lilydale

Objects of Fame: Nellie Melba and Percy Grainger
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