Astoria, now the Odeon, opening On This Day June 30th 1930
(External image courtesy Arthur Lloyd-Ron Knee)
On This Day 29June 1892 Cecil Shadbolt was killed in a balloon accident
Cecil and his father George Shadbolt were Pioneer Photographers with George Shadbolt's last recorded address is 119 Hopton Road, Streatham.
Benjamin Handley Geary VC was born On This Day 29 June 1891
He lived at 131 Palace Road and 233 Norwood Road.
Awarded a VC for conspicious bravery on "Hill 60" Ypres in 1915
On This Day 28th June 1998 Rudy Narayan died
Rahasya Rudra (Rudy) Narayan (11 May 1938 – 28 June 1998) was a barrister and civil rights activist.
He migrated to Britain in the 1950s from Guyana. He lived at 23 Woodbourne Avenue
A plaque commemorates him at his practice in Brixton.
On This Day 28 June 1896 Jenny Hill died. She lived at the Hermitage in Streatham
Jenny Hill (1848 – 28 June 1896), born Elizabeth Jane Thompson, was a popular English music hall performer of the Victorian era known as "The Vital Spark" and "the Queen of the Halls". Her repertoire of songs included "'Arry", "The Boy I Love Is in the Gallery", "The Little Vagabond Boy", "I've Been a Good Woman to You" and "If I Only Bossed the Show"
Jenny Hill was born in Paddington, London, to Michael Thompson (1812/13–1881) a Marylebone cab driver. Her stage début was made at the age of six or seven, when she performed as the legs of the goose in the pantomime Mother Goose at the Aquarium Theatre in Westminster. In about 1860 she made her professional debut at Dr. Johnson's Concert Rooms, traditional "Song & Supper Rooms" in Fleet Street
On 28 May 1866, aged 18, she married John Wilson Woodley, an acrobat known by the stage name Jean Pasta; he later abandoned her, leaving her with three children, one of whom became the music hall performer Peggy Pryde she died at Peggy's home in Brixton
In London, Hill was engaged for a tryout at the London Pavilion, a music hall, where her song stopped the show. The popular entertainer George Leybourne led her back onto the stage for an encore. By 1871 she was earning £6 a week at the London Pavilion. The theatrical agent Hugh J. Didcott gave the expressive, witty and vivacious Hill the sobriquet "The Vital Spark", which she used throughout her career
On 25 March 1889 she appeared on the same bill as Bessie Bellwood at the Canterbury Theatre of Varieties. Her repertoire of songs included 'Arry, The Boy I Love Is In The Gallery, The Little Vagabond Boy, I've Been a Good Woman to You and If I Only Bossed the Show.
Eventually, she earned enough by dancing the "Cellar Flap", singing her song The Coffee-Shop Girl and by her male impersonations to buy The Hermitage and its farmlands at Streatham
She is buried at Nunhead cemetery
Lord Robens of Woldingham - "Alf" Robens - died On this Day 27th June 1999. He lived with his wife Eva at 13 Prentis Rd. (Streatham Society member Betty Searle was a secretary of his)
The Guardian obituary describes him as the classic Mr Might-Have-Been Man. He might easily have become leader of the Labour party and, in 1964, prime minister instead of Harold Wilson. Instead, he had a remarkable and successful, not to say lucrative, career as an industrialist.
Robens took over Britain's coal industry in October 1960 for his Ten-Year Stint (the title of his own 1972 book).
When Robens became Chairman of the NCB's there were 698 pits employing 583,000 miners. Ten years later, when Robens left, there were 292 pits employing only 283,000.
The largest single blow to his reputation came from his reaction to the catastrophic 1966 industrial accident at Aberfan
He held a number of prominent positions and was a director of the Bank of England, on the board of Times Newspapers, the first Vice Chancellor of the University of Surrey and Chair of Governor's at Guys Hospital.
He retired to Laleham Abbey once the home of Lord Luchan
Image x 159944 ©National Portrait Galley (Creative Commons License)
On Ths Day 27 June 1930 in the Norwood News.
"This is not a photograph of a devestated war area! It is in the High Road, Streatham and is the Streatham Constitution Club being demolished to make way for the new ice rink"
Image © Reach PLC. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.
Emma Beach Falkner died On This Day 26 June 1908 at 12 Buckleigh Road
She was the wife of John William Falkner, founder of J.W. Falkner and Sons, builders, and the daughter of John Beach, who owned a tannery.
Thanks to Falkner Jarrell for sharing
Mark Bery, Secretary Streatham Society