A Story with No Rhyme or Reason
I met Queenie Royal when I was a small child. We had lost our dog. It was very dark and stormy that day. My brother and I kept knocking on doors asking if anyone had seen our dog. Many houses later, we came upon a suburban oasis with a wonderful rose garden. This was Queenie’s house. She was a kind hearted lady who had found our dog and we were very grateful to see our dog, get out of the rain and be fed by this lovely lady. We visited her many times after this and she shared some of her stories . She was always very kind and welcoming to my assortment of brothers and sisters and myself. To me she was very special as she taught me to appreciate the beautiful things in life and to look for the beauty within people and around us. The photo of Queenie Royal above is from the State Library of New South Wales which has an album of theatrical photos by Sam Hood. The photo below is also from the State Library of New South Wales Collection of Sam Hood images. The Capitol Theatre Ballet is advertising Jantzen costumes and Miners Lemon Creme moisturizer at Tamarama Beach, Sydney in 1933.
An article from the Sydney Morning Herald dated 19 November 1935 describes a ‘Dance Recital by Queenie Royal and Andrae Swayn at the Conservatorium before they departed for London to continue their training. They were students of Miss Frances Scully. In 1945, Queenie married Craig Baynes, a documentary film producer in London.
Sometimes you unexpectedly meet people who have a huge effect on your life. There is no rhyme or reason, it just happens. It was meant to be. Real life stories.
Thanks to the State Library of NSW for permission to use these photos.