George Sutton Titheradge, famous victorian actor


George titheradge (b1848 d1916)
George titheradge (b1848 d1916)

Our thanks to Anne Brady and Barbara Edward for the helpful information on George Sutton and family.

George Sutton (1848 – 1916) is one of the few Titheradges to be famous. He was a famous actor who worked around the English theatres and later moved to Australia where he settled. Two of his children followed him onto the stage in the early part of 1900s, they were Madge Titheradge (1887 – 1961) and Dion Titheradge (1889 – 1935), both became famous in the theatre.

George Sutton was born 9.12.1848 at Portsea,Hampshire. He was the son of George Robert Titheradge and Sarah Isabella Emblin. George Robert was an accountant and solicitor. George Sutton initially followed his father, adopting a law career, but soon abandoned it in favour of the theatre. He made his first appearance on the stage at the Theatre Royal in Portsmouth in December 1865. He then toured Britain as an actor and by 1873 he was the leading man in the Bristol Theatre. He married an actress Isabella Maria Murdoch on 27.2.1871 at Hendon Co. Durham.

George and Isabella had five children:

George Francis Reg. Dec 1871 Sunderland
Henry Augustus Lionel. Reg. Mar 1873 Newcastle upon Tyne
Kate Reg. Dec 1874 Bradford Y
Henriette Louise Reg 1875 Portsmouth
Sutton Wallace Reg. Mar 1877 Leicester

George and Kate both died as babies. George joined the Chippendale Classical Comedy Company in 1876 and played Hamlet at Calcutta India. It was here that he was chosen on 1.1.1877 to be the herald who read at theCalcutta Durbar the proclaimation of Queen Victoria as Empress of India. In 1877 he made his first appearance on the London stage. In 1878 he revisited India with Alma Maria Saegent, an actress, and on 23.4.1879 he arrived in Melbourne Australia on The Siam, accompanied by “Mrs Titheradge and infant”. In 1882 he toured America and in 1883 he visited England. Here he was divorced for adultery and desertion, with his wife, Isabella, given custody of the three children. On the 4.03.1884 he married Alma at Fitzroy registry Office Melbourne Australia. George Sutton and his second wife Alma had eight children:

Lillian Theodora Reg. Dec 1877 Richmond S England
Evelyn Alma Born about 1880
Sylvia Born 1881 Emerald Hill Australia
Francis Born 1883
Evelyn Gordon Born 31.5.1885 Praham Australia
Madge Born July 1887
Alexandra Born 1888 Moonee Ponds Australia
Dion George Born 1889 Essendon Australia

After his second marriage George settled in Australia and worked in the Australian theatre. Between 1899-1907 he appeared on the London stage and on American tours. He finally returned to Australia in 1908, settling in Sydney. His acting was referred to as “intelligent and refined and no matter what part he plays, he plays it well”. He was a gentleman on and off stage. His hobbies were shooting, fishing, cricket and gardening, becoming an expert on daffodils in later life. He died of cancer 22.1.1916 at Vancluse Sydney aged 67.

George Sutton Titheradge (b1848 d1916)


George Sutton’s sons, Sutton Wallace and henry Lionel Augustus, also went out to Australia. Whether they went out on their own, or with their father, or to visit his father remains a mystery. Augustus died in New South Wales in 1893. In 1912 Sutton was working as an assistant curator in a school of mines. Sutton married Helena Maude Moran at Ballarat Australia on 15.8.1898. They had two sons plus an illegitimate son.

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