Death has been busy of late with our great public singers. The last who has joined the great majority is Madame Carandini. In Australia, and particularly in Adelaide, no songstress was better known and more highly esteemed. It was Madame Carandini who was one of the first ladies to introduce operas in this colony and, it has been stated that no lyric artiste ever equalled her as the “Grand Duchess,” a name afterwards given to her by her musical friends. One of her greatest musical triumphs was her declaiming, in the costume of a French patriotic woman, “The Marseillaise;” the enthusiasm she evoked is one of the red-letter musical events of Adelaide.
South Australian Register, 28 April 1894

Longer obituary, with background/family:

DEATH OF MADAME CARANDINI.–The Age of Thursday says:–Madame Carandini, whose death at the residence of her daughter, Lady Moreland, near Bath, on 13th inst., has been cabled, was perhaps one of the beat known and most popular singers we have had, and being a Tasmanian she interested Australian audiences, and had a very successful musical career. For several years she sang in co-operation with Mr. Sherwin and her talented daughters, Miss Rosina (Mrs. Palmer), and Miss Fanny (Lady Moreland). Continued
The Mercury, 21 April 1894

Of her debut performance, the Colonial Times said:

The Theatre-We are happy to announce that the Victoria was literally crammed last night for the benefit of the widow and family of the late Mr. Bushelle. We have not room for particulars, further than to state, that the singing of Mrs. Carandini was of a most superior order, and unexpected as such a treat was, the audience were not more pleased than astonished.

Lots of links, but with an unusual names, she is easy to find so I’ll just include three…


Australian Dictionary of Biography


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