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Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931), prima donna, was born Helen Porter Mitchell  on 19 May 1861 at Richmond, Melbourne, eldest surviving of ten children of David Mitchell, building contractor, and his wife Isabella Ann, née Dow. Her father's business acumen and strict code of behaviour strongly influenced Melba, who later declared that of all the men she had known he had meant most to her.
Her mother shared her husband's taste for music and proficiently played a number of instruments including the family harmonium; she was the girl's first music teacher. Nellie was not, however, an infant prodigy. Although she first sang in public when 6, forming a lifelong attachment to 'Comin' thro' the Rye', it was her humming that visitors noticed. Unwittingly she had hit upon what she would later describe as an effective vocal exercise. She also whistled, and generally behaved like a tomboy. . . . more . . adb.anu.edu . . . and image . .
DAME NELLIE MELBA DEAD - 24 Fe 1931 Dame Nellie Melba died in St. Vincent's private hospital, Sydney, yesterday afternoon. The golden voice which inspired the world for nearly half a century is silenced for ever. The picturesque Australian personality that harmed thousands has passed beyond. 'Madame Melba' was born in Melbourne in 1859, the daughter of David Mitchell, a North Country Scotsman, who settled at Lilydale, Victoria. 
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