Frederick Redmond Collier
Collier was born in Collingwood and attended St Phillip’s Church in Hoddle Street, where he started singing in the choir at the age of ten. He attended Victoria Park state school and began his working life as a porter with the Victorian Railways at the age of 15.
He soon began competing in the various singing competitions that proliferated at the time, including the famous South Street competitions in Ballarat. Often on the same platform was a young soprano from St Kilda named Elsy Treweek, so it seems a reasonable guess that this is how they met. They married at St Phillip’s with, fittingly, a full choral service, then held a reception and dance at the Collingwood Town Hall. According to Punch, the young couple were going to make their home at Bulimba in Heidelberg Road Clifton Hill, but this house is yet to be identified. However both Collier’s childhood homes are extant.
After their marriage Frederick and Elsy featured regularly in concerts, sometimes singing duets. From 1921 Collier joined the British National Opera Company and would continue working overseas until 1934. Elsy had minor roles with the Company and Elva also sang professionally.
121 Easey Street
87 Turner Street
|Birth Date||Birth Place|
|5 October 1885||Collingwood|
|Spouse Name||Date of Marriage||Children|
|Elsy Louise Treweek (d. 1953)||12 January 1910 St Phillip’s Anglican Church||Elva|
|Home Street||Home City||Status of Building|
|121 Easey Street||Collingwood||Extant|
|87 Turner Street||Abbotsford||Extant|
|St Philip's Anglican, Hoddle Street Abbotsford|
|Death Date||Death Place||Cemetery|
|14 October 1964||South Yarra|
The Argus; The Age; Punch; The Mercury
ADB Collier Frederick