Nellie Melba Museum

Nellie Melba Museum

A virtual museum dedicated to Australia's first international star

Dame Nellie Melba

Born Helen Porter Mitchell at Richmond Victoria in 1861, she was the daughter of builder and businessman David Mitchell and Isabella Dow.

Melba left Australia in 1886 and the following year made her operatic debut in at Brussels.

Called the Queen of Song Melba went on to conquer and rule over all the major opera houses in Europe and USA for almost 40 years.

Despite her fame, Melba never forgot she was a colonial born Australian. She wrote: "If you wish to understand me at all you must understand first and foremost, that I am an Australian"

International Star

In 1909 she purchased property at Coldstream near Lilydale in Victoria and established her Australian home and country retreat Coombe Cottage. Today, Coombe is still owned by Melba's descendants.

Melba died in 1931 but her contribution to the arts in Australia lives on through the Melba Opera Trust, the Lilydale & District Historical Society and the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum at Lilydale.

LilydaleVictoria0475 219 884

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Dame Nellie Melba

Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

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