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Edmond Samuels

1895 - 1973

Edmond Samuels (1895-1973), pharmacist, composer and author was born in Walcha, New South Wales. He received his secondary education at Fort Street High School and later graduated from the University of Sydney. From State Library of NSW website:
From the early 1920s he ran a pharmacy and headache bar in Castlereagh Street, Sydney. Samuels' Famous Cough Linctus and theatrical Melody Cold Cream were used by many theatre professionals, and his headache bar enjoyed an international reputation. Samuels composed many popular songs and a number of musicals, including At the Silver Swan (the first musical with an Australian setting to be produced in London, at the Palace Theatre, in 1936), and The highwayman, which opened at the Kings Theatre, Melbourne in 1951 and subsequently toured to other States. Samuels was the author of a number of books, including An illustrated diary of Australian Internment camps (1919), Queer crossroads (1931) described in the press reviews as 'a symposium of prose and verse', the novel Why not tell? (1934) and a book of reminiscences If the cap fits.