‘A theatrical meteor’, Francis Nesbitt McCron (c.1808-1853) and his travels from the old world to the Australian colonies and the San Francisco goldfields

Janette Pelosi


“A theatrical meteor, shooting about between the colonies,” so was Francis Nesbitt McCron described. Nesbitt rose from being a stock actor in England and Ireland to becoming the leading tragedian of Australian colonial theatre in the 1840s. His wanderings commenced in 1843, taking him to Launceston, Hobart, Melbourne and Adelaide. In 1849 they led him to the Californian goldfields and back again. Though his successes were many his flaws plagued him. In 1853 Nesbitt, the “great tragedian,” died suddenly in Geelong in tragic circumstances.

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