Category Archives: The Brothers Onda

The career of the Brother Onda

Discover Will Onda in Discover Preston

Discover Preston is the new history gallery at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery. The first floor gallery contains over 30 displays, each feature a different story from Preston’s history and has welcomed over 70,000 visitors since opening in July … 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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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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Three men and a bioscope

A curious photograph of Will Onda was once published in the Lancashire Evening Post in 1989 by the music hall and cinema historian Geoff Mellor. Onda is shown sitting in a De Bion motorcar with three men and a woman. … Continue reading

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A Risky Business – horizontal bar performers

Will Onda often told reporters, friends and family that his first appearance outside Lancashire was at the Royal Aquarium in London.  This, I can now confirm, was a very long engagement for the Brothers Onda starting in October 1894. The … Continue reading

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