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Dick, June, Born 1928



  • Existence: 22 April 1928


June dick is the great, great granddaughter of Lord George Sanger. June was born on 22 April 1928 to Cissie Austen, great granddaughter of George Sanger and George Holloway.

June's parents divorced when she was only six months old. June was raised by her paternal grandparents George Hugh Holloway and Belvina Bonfanti, while her parents were touring their acts around the UK and America. During WWII, her mother, Cissie Austen worked for E.N.S.A. and travelled the country entertaining the troops, while her father, George Holloway travelled circus acts in music hall and variety theatres. By this point the family had left the traditional circus scene.

June grew up in Brixton Hill and stayed with her grandparents George and Belvina until they died. She was trained in tap dancing, ballet, piano, and as a classical singer. June, however, didn’t have an interest in becoming a professional performer and she trained as a fashion designer. June designed costumes for pantomime, shows on ice and variety amongst others.

June married three times, her first husband was Michael Sullivan the famous theatrical agent who discovered Shirley Bassey. June and Michael however divorced and June re-married an antiques dealer. After his death, she married her last husband, a theatre impresario, with whom she leased the Royalty Theatre in Kingsway, London. They put together the hit show ‘Bubbling Brown Sugar’ in the late 1970s and held Sunday concerts and concerts in the park with international performers. They ran the theatre until the business became too much for them and they gave it up.

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Interview with June Dick, 6 August 2018

Reference code: 178D21.1
Scope and Contents

Interview with June Dick, descendant of Lord George Sanger about the Sanger family history. Interview conducted by Professor Vanessa Toulmin and NFCA staff. Rushes. Filmed by NFCA staff. 8 x MP4 files , 42 mins.

Dates: 6 August 2018

Newspaper Cuttings, 1903 - 1911

Reference code: 178G52.1
Scope and Contents

Photocopies of newspaper cuttings about George Sanger's Circus and George Sanger's murder.

Dates: 1903 - 1911

Original Artwork, c1950 - 1959

Reference code: 178V16
Scope and Contents

Original custome designs drawings by June Dick, including designs for pantomime, ice shows and variety and music hall costumes. Also includes two designs for Shirley Bassey (leopard print outfit on red paper and orange bodice with open long orange skirt and black tights on blue paper), some contain design annotations.

Dates: c1950 - 1959

Photographs, c1890 - 1959

Reference code: 178C121
Scope and Contents

Black and white photographs of George Sanger's Circus showing staff, family, performers, animals, living wagons and parades, including Topsy Sanger, Harry Austin, George Holloway, Cissie Holloway, Cissie Austin, George Sanger, James Holloway, Abe Holloway, George Austin, Bellevina Holloway, Kate Holloway, The Three Holloways, Cirque Angelo, The Four Holloways, Ellen Chapman, Harriet Sanger and June Dick.

Dates: c1890 - 1959

Research Material, c1900 - 2018

Reference code: 178B40.1
Scope and Contents

Various photocopies relating to Margate, Dreamland, Hall by the Sea, Sanger Circus and animal performance.

Dates: c1900 - 2018

Sanger Family Collection

Reference code: NFA0166
Scope and Contents

This collection contains black and white photographs of George Sanger's Circus, photocopies of newspaper cuttings related to the Sanger Family and original drawings for costume designs by June Dick.

Dates: c1900 - 2018