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Welcome to the Archive

Welcome to The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Victoria Archive

The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Victoria's on-line archive is a valuable resource for Society members, researchers, performers and casual browsers. It has information about all of the shows performed by the Society over its extensive history, including lists of cast and crew, photographs and other material. Our collection of sound files will be available in due course.

The archive is searchable by year and show name via the menu on the left. Users can also use the search facility in the top right hand corner on the top banner to look up dates, names appearing on cast lists, show names.

Some of the highlights of the archive are:

  • Cast lists going back to the early years of the 1930s.
  • Lists of cast, crew and in some cases orchestras from the 1980s onwards.
  • Playbills from most shows from the 1990s on, and some even earlier than that.
  • Photographs of many shows from the past.
Future hopes for the archive include
  • An ability to search the archive for casts, crews and orchestras for all shows from 2008 onwards.
  • Scanned copies of the Society magazine The Palace Peeper.
  • Sound files and video clips from shows.
  • Articles and reviews.

Please contribute

Are you a member or a former member who can help us fill gaps in the current archive?
Do you have any old playbills, reviews or other like memorabilia that could be shared online?
You are welcome to contribute these to the archive. The aim is to make this archive as useful and as comprehensive as possible - and you can help.

Please contact one of the administrators or log into the site and contribute them online.


The Society's online archivist is Diana (Hatch) Faizoulline. She has been engaged with this archive project for many years and has scoured the Society's collections for information about old cast lists and photographs. As a regular performer with the Society over many years, she has contributed a lot of the information from her own extensive collection of old programmes and other memorabilia. Diana is the first point of contact for any contributions to the online archive. The Society's webmaster is Alex Scutt, who is overseeing the process of transferring a huge amount of this material into the new online database through which you are now browsing. It will take a little time before all of the material is transferred. Please check back regularly on the site or contact one of us if information you think is on the archive isn't. This online archive is distinct from the Society's library. Information about the Society's library and the Bruce Doery collection is available elsewhere on the website.