William Moore (critic), Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

William Moore (critic)

art and dramatic critic from Australia

Date of Birth: 11-Jun-1868

Place of Birth: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

Date of Death: 06-Nov-1937

Profession: playwright, art historian, journalist, art critic, theatre critic

Nationality: Australia

Zodiac Sign: Gemini


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About William Moore (critic)

  • William George Moore (11 June 1868 – 6 November 1937) was an Australian art and drama critic.Moore was born at Sandhurst (now Bendigo, Victoria), the son of Thompson Moore one time a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly and his wife Emily, née Capper.
  • William Moore was educated at Scotch College, Sandhurst, and, after spending a few years in business, went on the stage and acted in the United States and Great Britain.
  • Returning to Melbourne in 1904 he joined the staff of The Herald as drama critic.
  • In 1905 Moore published a small volume on art City Sketches, this was followed in 1906 by Studio Sketches: Glimpses of Melbourne Studio Life.
  • In 1909 Moore was responsible for an organization to encourage the production of local plays with both literary and dramatic qualities.
  • In 1909 and 1910 several short plays were produced, including The Woman Tamer and The Sacred Place by Louis Esson, The Burglar by Katharine S.
  • Prichard, and Moore's The Tea-Room Girl (1910) and The Mysterious Moonlight (1912).In 1912 Moore went to London and during World War I served with the British Army Service Corps.
  • Following the war he worked on the press in Sydney for several years.
  • In 1934 he published a conscientious and valuable work in two volumes, The Story of Australian Art.
  • The origins of this was a small pamphlet, The Beginnings of Art in Victoria, which Moore had written in 1905, and the book was gradually built up from original sources over a long period of years.
  • In 1937 with Tom Inglis Moore he edited a collection of Best Australian One-Act Plays, and contributed to it an introductory essay on "The Development of Australian Drama".
  • In 1923 Moore married Madame Hamelius, well known as a New Zealand and Australian poet under the name of Dora Wilcox (born Mary Theodora Joyce Wilcox in 1873).
  • He died at Sydney on 6 November 1937 and was cremated.
  • Mrs Moore survived him, and died in 1953.

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