Category Archives: Onda Research

Book Royal visit events on-line

Quick post to let everyone know that on-line booking is now available for the forthcoming 1913 Royal visit events on 8th and 10th July at the Harris Museum. See Eventbrite page http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/org/4265632867?s=15771961 Also don’t forgot the free events at the … Continue reading

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Did your mother or grandmother work for Will Onda in 1915?

Will Onda set up Preston Film Service in about 1910. By 1915 it employed some 80 people in film making and distribution. The outbreak of World War in 1914 resulted in 40 of his employees joining the army, including his … Continue reading

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Visit to Manchester

Visited Manchester last week for the Social History Curators Conference and I couldn’t resist snapping a picture of the Palace Theatre on Oxford Road as I strolled past. The Brothers Onda performed at the Palace Theatre in 1899, 1900 and … Continue reading

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Entertainment and Public Service – Onda in the 1920s

The 1920s are turning out to have been quite a busy decade for Onda both personally and professionally – but one that had ups as well as downs. By the time Onda turned 50 in 1929 he had he become … Continue reading

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Onda employs Matt Raymond in 1901!

Amazing discovery yesterday which connected Onda to the film pioneer Matt Raymond. A document with the Rain family confirmed that Onda was the organiser of a variety show in 1901 that included a cinematograph. When I double checked the listings … Continue reading

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Will Onda ran the Longridge Palace Cinema in 1913-14!

. The Longridge Palace Cinema near Preston is now one of the oldest cinemas in the North West. This amazing little cinema is a source of great pride in Lancashire but also shrouded in some mystery as to its origins … Continue reading

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The final resting place of Will Onda

After the great success of the Industrial Revolutionaries cemetery tour on Wednesday we are planning a new tour for March next year. We are hoping to include people reflected in the Harris Museum’s collections or who have made their mark … Continue reading

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