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Poole, Elizabeth, 1856 - 1937



  • Existence: 1856 - 1937


Elizabeth Frances Churcher was a soprano and characteristic vocalist.

Elizabeth was born in Southampton in 1856 and specialised in singing opera and seriocomic songs, which were very popular with the Myriorama and Panorama audience. Elizabeth became the second wife of Charles William Poole (1858-1918) in March 1881 and soon became involved in her husband’s business assisting in all aspects of its running as well as performing as a solo singing act and a double comedy act with Charles.

Elizabeth appeared in circuses including Sanger’s Amphitheatre, and variety theatres throughout her career under the stage name Miss Florence Garland, which she later changed to Madame Garland Poole and Madame Poole, until the late 1890s when she settled in family home at Gloucester.

Elizabeth and Charles had two children John Reginald (‘Jack’) (1882-1950) and Vivan George (1893-1929). Both of whom went into the Poole family business, Vivan as a lecturer and John Reginald as a lecturer, manager and later proprietor of his own Myriorama.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

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