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Edward Geoghegan Edward Geoghegan i(A7725 works by)
Also writes as: E. G.
Born: Established: 1813 Dublin, Dublin (County),
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Ireland,
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Western Europe, Europe,
; Died: Ceased: 1869 Singleton, Singleton area, Hunter Valley, Newcastle - Hunter Valley area, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1840
Heritage: Irish
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1 A Trip to Geelong Edward Geoghegan , 1861 single work drama
1 The Forsaken i "He loved with all the fervent force of passion's purest glow,", E. G. , 1847 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Citizen , 6 February vol. 1 no. 24 1847; (p. 192)
1 Stanzas i "Oh, do I not love thee? - then why art thou still", E. G. , 1847 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Citizen , 16 January vol. 1 no. 21 1847; (p. 165)
1 The Lonely Heart i "They tell me I am happy - and", E. G. , 1847 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Citizen , 2 January vol. 1 no. 19 1847; (p. 149)
1 y separately published work icon The Misanthrope Edward Geoghegan , 1846-1847 Z1813324 1846 single work novel historical fiction
1 The Grenadier of the Old Guard Edward Geoghegan , 1846 single work novel historical fiction
1 Plaint of the Broken Heart i "No - Love is not for me! My soul hath felt", E. G. , 1846 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Citizen , 21 November vol. 1 no. 13 1846; (p. 101)
1 The Soldier's Bride i "Although within my father's halls", E. G. , 1846 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Citizen , 17 October vol. 1 no. 8 1846; (p. 61)
1 Woman's Heart i "I own the heavenly beaming eye", E. G. , 1846 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Citizen , 3 October 1846 vol. 1 no. 6 1846; (p. 45)
1 y separately published work icon The Jew of Dresden ; Or, A Husband's Vengeance Edward Geoghegan , 1846 (Manuscript version)x400357 Z851494 1846 single work drama
1 Captain Kyd Edward Geoghegan , 1845 single work drama
1 y separately published work icon Australia the Land of My Birth Edward Geoghegan , 1845 Sydney : Albert Mason , 1845 Z1630053 1845 single work lyric/song
1 y separately published work icon Lafitte the Pirate ; or, The Ocean Scourge Lafitte the Pirate ; Or, The Outlaws of Barritaria Edward Geoghegan , 1845 (Manuscript version)x401305 Z1072294 1845 single work drama
1 1 y separately published work icon True Love, or, The Interlude Interrupted Edward Geoghegan , 1845 (Manuscript version)x401306 Z1072342 1845 single work drama
1 The Royal Masquer, or The Flower of Clyde Edward Geoghegan , 1845 single work drama
1 The Hibernian Father Edward Geoghegan , 1844 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature , 18 May vol. 2 no. 43 1844; (p. 589) The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 May 1844; (p. 3)

Geoghegan refutes a letter, published in the Sydney Morning Herald, that questioned the originality of 'The Hibernian Father'. The SMH letter writer, 'Tisias', had drawn parallels between 'The Hibernian Father' and the 1831 play 'Warden of Galway'.

Geoghegan lays out his limited knowledge of the 'Warden of Galway' and provides an account of how and when he came to write 'The Hibernian Father'.

At the foot of Geoghegan's correspondence, an SMH editor's note declares that 'the author's positive assertion [as to originality] must outweigh mere opinions'.

Note: The letter by 'Tisias' probably appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on Thursday, 15 May 1844. That issue of the SMH is missing from the National Library of Australia's newspaper digitisation project website.

1 11 y separately published work icon The Hibernian Father : A Tragedy in Five Acts Edward Geoghegan , 1844 (Manuscript version)x400973 Z156415 1844 single work drama First performed in 1844, this tragedy was one of Edward Geoghegan's most famous works, along with The Currency Lass.
5 15 y separately published work icon The Currency Lass ; Or, My Native Girl The Currency Lass ; Or, My Native Girl : An Operetta in Two Acts; The Currency Lass ; Or, My Native Girl : A Musical Play in Two Acts Edward Geoghegan , (Manuscript version)x401304 Z1072217 1844 single work musical theatre (taught in 1 units)

Ballad opera (in two acts).

The lively and light-hearted story concerns a rich uncle (Sir Samuel Simile) who mistakenly believes that his nephew is going to marry a 'native' girl when the lad is in fact to marry Susan Hearty - a currency lass (white girl born in Australia). The uncle is put through a good deal of torment before being told of his error.

Geoghegan wrote The Currency Lass for Tilly Jones, a popular young actress who was also among the first citizens to be born in Australia. There is, however, no record of her ever having appeared in any of the three 1844 Victoria Theatre productions. Although now recognised as historically significant, The Currency Lass did not fare as well as other productions presented by Samuel Lazar at the Royal Victoria during the same year. More popularly received, for example, were plays such as Humphrey Clinker (farce), Twins of Warsaw, Sworn at Highgate, The Beehive (musical farce), The Executioner, Aladdin, Turning the Tables, and Geoghegan's big success, The Hibernian Father.

The fourteen songs used in the original production had new lyrics set to pre-existing tunes, as is traditionally the case with the ballad opera style (see note below). The melodies used were mostly from traditional Irish, English or Scottish songs, with the choice of material sometimes undertaken with a degree of deliberate humour. In his preface to the 1976 Currency edition Roger Covell points for example to the air 'A Fine Old English Gentleman' (the melody comes from an Irish dialect song) which Geoghegan uses to recall the supposed golden age of English gentry. Covell also suggests that the actor playing the role of Susan requires agility and accuracy in both her singing and dancing (these are sometimes required with much vigour at the same time). This is particularly the case in a pivotal scene in Act Two where she performs a sequence of five characterised songs and dances. Although many of the songs used by Geoghegan are no longer well-known, several tunes are still reasonably recognisable today - these being, 'Malbrook' (a French melody used by English-speaking people when they sing 'For He's a Jolly Good Fellow'); 'Over the Hills and Far Away' (from John Gay's The Beggar's Opera); and 'The Lincolnshire Poacher' (its melody is also used for the Australian folksong, 'The Murrumbidgee Shearer').

The 1966 Jane Street production was part of a trilogy of plays used to launch the company's season of Australian drama. The other two plays were I've Come about the Assassination by Tony Morphett, and The Pier by Michael Thomas. All three plays utilised members of the same company. The 1989 Q Theatre production, which kept the lighthearted, comic feel of Geoghegan's original, cast Aboriginal actor Justine Saunders in the role of the bigoted uncle, Samuel Similie, in an attempt to re-orientate Goeghegan's theme towards one of race. The stage also featured a ground plan of Aboriginal dots and circle motifs.

1 A Christmas Carol, or Visions of the Past Present and Future Edward Geoghegan , 1844 single work drama
1 y separately published work icon The Last Days of Pompeii : A Drama in Three Acts The Last Days of Pompeii ; Or, Nydia the Blind Girl Edward Geoghegan , 1844 (Manuscript version)x400931 Z549898 1844 single work drama Based on Edward Bulwer Lytton's (1803-1873), The Last Days of Pompeii (1834).
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