Objects of Fame: Nellie Melba and Percy Grainger

Presented by Grainger Museum and Arts Centre Melbourne

This online exhibition accompanies the exhibition at the Grainger Museum 
'Objects of Fame: Nellie Melba and Percy Grainger'

Melbourne produced two international stars of classical music – Nellie Melba and Percy Grainger – in the decades surrounding Federation. Each conquered the world’s great stages, enjoyed royal approbation and public fascination. The musical talents of Melba and Grainger, who had both family and professional connections, were matched only by the fame they engendered. Stampeding their way into popular consciousness as early media-assisted celebrities, they created rich
intellectual and material legacies. Objects of Fame showcases these two extraordinary Australians, drawing on objects from Arts Centre Melbourne’s Australian Performing Arts Collection, and the Grainger Museum.



Exhibition curated by Heather Gaunt (Grainger Museum) and Margaret Marshall (Arts Centre Melbourne)