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The collection primarily relates to Boyd's dancing career, particularly his involvement with the ballet companies Ballet Rambert and Borovansky Ballet. Items include family letters and personal correspondence; programs, press cuttings and books relating to Ballet Rambert, Borovansky Ballet and other events and performances; photographs; autobiographical material; obituaries and tributes to Boyd, Dame Marie Rambert, Paula Hinton and Walter Gore.
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1094773).
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Charles Boyd, National Library of Australia, MS 9732, [box number and series and/or file number]'.
The Papers of Charles Boyd were donated to the Library by Charles Boyd on 25 March 2002.
The Oral History section holds an interview with Charles Boyd, conducted on 5 October 1994 by Michelle Potter. Call Number: ORAL TRC 3163
The Pictures section holds a number of pictures of Charles Boyd in its collection. These include: Portrait of Charles Boyd as "The Snob" in the Borovansky Ballet's production of "La Boutique fantasque" PIC/6145 LOC 7321; Charles Boyd, c. 1951. PIC P348/BB/51 LOC Album 810/7; Peggy Sager as the Ballerina and Charles Boyd as the Blackamoor in "Petrouchka", Borovansky Ballet, 1951. The Sun. PIC P979/24 LOC Album 887; Peggy Sager as the Ballerina, Miro Zloch as Petrouchka, and Charles Boyd as the Blackamoor in "Petrouchka", Borovansky Ballet, Sydney, 1951 [picture] / Hal Williamson. PIC P979/22 LOC Album 887; Portrait of Margaret Hill, Charles Boyd and Pamela Vincent in Winter Night, Ballet Rambert, 1948 [picture] / Walter Stringer PIC554/BR/15 LOC Album 912/1
The letters in Series 1 are in the order in which they were donated. All other items have had their order imposed by Library staff.
Born in Sydney on 27 May 1917, Charles Boyd began his dance training with Minnie Hooper and later Mavis Sykes. As a young child, he performed in Mosman Musical Society productions and his first professional engagements were in musicals directed by Madge Elliott and Cyril Ritchard. They included Roberta and Our Miss Gibbs and Boyd toured Australia and New Zealand with these shows.
After seeing a performance by the visiting Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Boyd was inspired to take up ballet as a career. In Australia he took classes from Leon Woizikowsky and Roland Guerard and then left Australia for London in 1936 hoping to join one of the Ballets Russes companies. In London, Boyd began taking classes from Marie Rambert and by 1938 was being given parts in Rambert productions. With the Rambert company, he created the part of Mr Tebrick opposite Sally Gilmour in Andre Howard's Lady into Fox, a role for which he became well-known both in England and Australia.
Boyd returned to Australia at the outbreak of war and spent the war years in the Army. He took up his dancing career again when the Ballet Rambert made its tour to Australia beginning in 1947. When the Rambert company returned to England in 1949, Boyd remained in Australia and joined the cast of the musical Oklahoma! In 1951 Edouard Borovansky invited him to join the Borovansky Ballet for its new season and with the Borovansky Ballet Boyd partnered leading ballerinas Peggy Sager and Kathleen Gorham. Boyd was well known for his performances as the Blackamoor in the Borovansky production of Petrouchka and as the Snob in La Boutique fantasque.
Boyd was a champion diver in his youth and following his retirement from dancing pursued his interest in wildlife conservation.
Boyd died on 29 October 2002.
This series contains letters written by Charles Boyd to his parents, Charles and Florence Boyd, whilst he was based in London. The letters outline Boyd's life as a dancer, his struggle to find work, the start of his career with Ballet Rambert, and travels to Norway which coincided witht the beginning of World War II and Boyd's subsequent return to Australia. Also included are a letter from Eileen Dale to Boyd's mother, and a letter to Boyd from his father.
Includes a letter from Eileen Dale and a letter from Boyd's father.
Correspondence includes congratulory telegrams to Boyd, letters, cards and postcards. Correspondents include Walter Gore, Paula Hinton-Gore, Francesca Vanelli, Leo Kersley, Myra Shippen, Joyce Graeme, Brenda Hamlyn, Rosalind Bevan, Eileen and Jennie Brennan, Boyd's parents, and family members.
Established in 1926 by Dame Marie Rambert, Ballet Rambert is now the oldest dance company in Britain. This series covers Boyd's career with Ballet Rambert, and items that Boyd collected on the company once he had stopped performing with it. Boyd's performance in Lady into Fox, and the 1947-1948 Ballet Rambert tour of Australia and New Zealand are incorporated in this series, as are commemorative items of several anniversaries of the company.
Includes a press clipping.
Founded by Edouard Borovansky, the Borovansky Ballet provided Australians with their major source of ballet for over two decades. Items in this series summarise Boyd's performances with the Borovansky Ballet. Company during the 1951 season, and items pertaining to the company that Boyd collected prior to, and after his time with them. Programs highlight his roles in performances such as La Boutique Fantasque and Petrouchka.
The photographs in this collection summarise Boyd's dancing career, from his performance at the age of 9 in 'Russian' dance, at Lillingstone School Annual Concert Mosman; to his performances in Lady into Fox, Balalaika, Giselle Oklahoma! and La Boutique Fantasque. Recent photographs include events such as the Borovansky reunion, attended by dancers such as Peggy Sager and Barry Kitcher. A framed photograph shows Sally Gilmore, Charles Boyd and Basil Truro with artists of Ballet Rambert (Australasian tour) in Giselle (Photograph MS 9732/28).
This series also includes an album of photographs. Photos in the album include Boyd, Leo Kersley and Angela Dukes (?) 1938; Simple Symphony filmed on the Gold Coast in 1947; Boyd, Sally Gilmour, Annette Chapelle, Cecil Bates and Miro Zlock in Rotorua, 1948; Margaret Hill, Boyd and Annette Chapelle in the Melbourne premiere of Winters Nigh, 1948.
Annotated verso: Miss Logans, 9 years old. Signed: Robin M Cole, Neutral Bay.
Photographer: Lupton Studios, Sydney.
PhotographerLupton Studios, Sydney.
Annotated : To Charlie, With every good wish from Madge and Cyril 1935. Photographer: Russell Roberts Ltd, Sydney.
Photographer: Hollywood Studios, Melbourne.
? Publicity portrait for White Horse Inn, directed by Madge Elliott and Cyril Ritchard
Photographer: Baron Studios, W1.
Annotated bottom right: Darling Charlie much love & memories Sally Gilmore
Photographer: Consolidated Press Ltd.
Photographer: The Leicagraph Co., Sydney.
Photographer: Daily News.
Photographer: Ritter-Jeppesen Studios, Melbourne.
Photographer: Helmut Newton.
Photographer: Courier Mail (?).
Photographer: Hal Williamson, Sydney.
Photographer: Allan Studios, Collingwood.
Photographer: John & Don Studios, Brisbane.
Photographer: Herald & Weekly Times Ltd.
Photographer: Jean Stewart, Toorak.
Photographer: Gold Coast Publications Ltd (?).
Photographer: Jane Prichard.
Photos includeBoyd, Leo Kersley and Angela Dukes (?) 1938; Simple Symphony filmed on the Gold Coast 1947; Boyd, Sally Gilmour, Annette Chapelle, Cecil Bates and Miro Zlock in Rotorua 1948; Margaret Hill, Boyd and Annette Chapelle in Winters Nigh 1948.
This series contains a number of press clippings, books, magazines, programs and personal material covering a broad range of Boyd's life, from 1927-2002. Included in this material, is a small autobiography Boyd wrote for 'Where have all the dancers gone?', a book that does not appear to have been published; and obituary and memorial material for Boyd, Walter Gore, Paula Hinton and Dame Marie Rambert.