A link between Will Onda, W.E.Gillin and Atroy

In September 1907 Will Onda using his real name, Will Rain, formed a variety company and they performed at The Royal Theatre, West Kirby. (The Stage 19th September 1907). Included in the line up were Atroy, juggler and hoop roller, his wife Violi who was a multi-instrumentalist and Gillin, ventriloquial humorist. The Will Rain Company appeared with their Motor Maniac and it would be reasonable to assume that this is when the photograph of them all in a motor car was taken (in The Stage archives).

About jazzpete1938

interested in early films, local history and jazz music and researching James Atroy, Will Onda and King Ohmy, early film exhibitors around Preston in Lancashire.
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6 Responses to A link between Will Onda, W.E.Gillin and Atroy

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  2. Dan says:

    Hi I stumbled across this blog and think that W E Gillin could be my grandfather, at least related as the ventriloquist link is strong. How would i get to view the phorograph mentioned?
    thanks

    • Patrick Wraith says:

      Hi Dan ???
      I am Patrick Wraith and grandson of WE Gillin.
      Emma and Pete have provided me with much info on grandad.
      I was born in his house in Buckingham Rd Doncaster in 1945 and later on as a teenager played with the heads of the vents. (Scary!)
      Perhaps Emma or Pete could kindly pass on my email to you.

    • jazzpete1938 says:

      Sorry for the long delay but if you send an email address to peter-vickers@lineone.net I will send you the photo. Cheers Pete

    • jazzpete1938 says:

      [patrickwraith@blueyonder.co.uk]Hi Dan ???
      I am Patrick Wraith and grandson of WE Gillin.
      Emma and Pete have provided me with much info on grandad.
      I was born in his house in Buckingham Rd Doncaster in 1945 and later on as a teenager played with the heads of the vents. (Scary!)
      Perhaps Emma or Pete could kindly pass on my email to you.

      Dan sorry for long delay, been off the scene with health problems but getting back in the swing. Cheers Pete

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