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Poster titled 'The famous, original and only Lynch family bellringers, glassophonists, instrumentalists, vocalists and comedians'

2012.0005.0072

Poster titled 'The famous, original and only Lynch family bellringers, glassophonists, instrumentalists, vocalists and comedians'

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Physical description

A Lynch family bellringers' poster featuring nine photographs of performers printed in blue ink and bold text printed in red ink. The photographs feature members of the Lynch family playing the handbells and other instruments and their supporting guests, including Miss Ruby Lynch. The poster is adhered to a piece of particle board.

Statement of significance

The Jennifer Anne Murphy collection consists of handbells that belonged to the Lynch family bellringers, miscellaneous spare bell parts, and a publicity poster. The Whitechapel Bell Foundry of London manufactured the handbells in 1910 and they remain in good condition. FW Niven & Co. of Melbourne printed the poster c.1915-1917. It features photographs of the Lynch family and their guest performers and is in a good condition.

The Lynch family were travelling entertainers from Geelong, Victoria, who played handbells and organ chimes as part of their variety act, which also featured comedy routines, dancing, singing and piano recitals. They were the first family of bellringers to become household names in Australia, and they achieved great fame overseas touring in New Zealand, India, China and Japan. Developments in transport allowed them to reach diverse audiences. The family's impressive career of 72 years ended during the economic depression of the 1930s. The vaudeville performances of Australian troupes, such as the Lynch family, are an example of Australian popular culture and entertainment from the late 19th century to the interwar period.

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