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Poole, George Walter, 1828 - 1877



  • Existence: 1828 - 6 December 1877


George Walter Poole, Panorama proprietor was the son of Richard Poole (c1785-1860) and brother of Charles Poole (1821-1877) and John Poole (1817-1889).

George Poole was a musician, who could often be found busking on the streets of England with his brother Charles.

George and Charles were spotted by Moses Gompertz who employed them to play music to accompany the scenes of his travelling Panorama show.

Charles and George worked their way up to become Gompertz’s business partners and run Gompertz’s panoramas during the 1850s and 1860s. They eventually founded their own company with Anthony Young, called Poole & Young.

George married Elizabeth Frances (Ellen) Shannon and by 1875 is described as Poole’s sole proprietor on their publicity bills.

George died in Cork, Ireland on 6 December 1877; just three months after his brother and lifelong business partner Charles and his wife became the sole proprietor of Poole & Young.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Bill Barnes Collection

Reference code: NFA0172
Scope and Contents

Programmes, posters and photographs mainly related to the Poole family's travelling Myriorama show.

Dates: 1881 - 2017

Funeral Cards, 1877 - 1885

Reference code: 178Z64.1
Scope and Contents

Funeral cards for George Walter Poole, Henry James Mayer and Alexander Billington. Black and silver borders, some illustrations and text.

Dates: 1877 - 1885

Poole and Young's New Overland Mail Route to India Programme, 18 May 1874

Reference code: 178K53.51
Scope and Contents

Queen's Rooms, Ayr, From London to Calcutta, Suez Canal, Arrival at Dover, The City of Calais,The Tunnel, The City of Turin, Brindisi, The Mediterranean Sea, Ismalia, Cairo, Ceylon, Madras. Orange and white illustration of a map covering the front and back covers showing Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and part of South Asia and a red line going from London to Calcutta, inside programme. Printed by J. W. Last and Co., Lithographers and General Printers, London, 2p.p

Dates: 18 May 1874

Programmes , 1881 - 2016

Reference code: 178K53
Scope and Contents

Pre-Film and variety and music hall programmes mainly related to the travelling shows of Joseph Poole and Harry Poole, Harry H. Hamilton, Mapleston Brothers and Adams but it also includes other showmen.

Dates: 1881 - 2016

Various Items of Ephemera, c1800 - 2016

Reference code: 178Z64
Scope and Contents

Various items related to George Walter Poole, Wilton's Music Hall, Henry James Mayer, Alexander Billington, James Upton Printers, Gompertz's panorama show, Poole's Myriorama and Diorama shows and Messrs Strange and Wilson Ghost show. Also includes a theatrical clock with two figures on the sides attracting customers.

Dates: c1800 - 2016