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Jessie Rain and the sad story of Will Onda’s early life

Readers of the Lancashire Evening Post may have spotted this week an article about the Rain family on Wednesday 27 Jan on page 26. This story taken from the Court Archives tells the sad story of how Will Onda’s father … Continue reading

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Onda talks coming up this week

Just a quick post to inform everyone that if you missed my recent talk to Preston Historical Society there is another chance to hear it this week. I will be giving the lecture about Will Onda and his films tomorrow … Continue reading

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Will Onda’s films to feature in new DVD released for Preston Guild

On Tuesday 13th March at 7.30pm a new film about Preston will premier at Preston’s Charter Theatre. The Film titled ‘Preston and its Guilds 1902 – 1992 is a collaboration between North West Film Archive and the Harris Museum & … 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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Will Onda pictured at the 1922 Preston Guild!

The countdown to Christmas has begun but in Preston it is also countdown to the 2012 Preston Guild. The first recorded Guild celebration was in 1397 but it has been held every 20 years since 1542 – apart from a … 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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Three men in a car!

See Pete Vickers blog for the latest on that photograph of William Gillin, Will Onda and James Atroy. http://jazzpete1938.wordpress.com/2011/05/01/a-link-between-will-onda-and-w-e-gillin/

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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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Special screening of Will Onda’s film ‘Preston’s Outrage’ this tuesday!

The Harris is holding an special event on tuesday to celebrate International Women’s Day. Titled ‘Votes for Women’ museum curator Laura Briggs will discuss the suffragettes in Preston and show Onda’s film of the infamous damage caused to the Earl … Continue reading

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Film raises funds for Preston North End!

The financial woes of North End are rarely out of the headlines these days, but it would seem that the much loved Preston club has regularly enlisted the support of the community and local businessmen to ease its troubles, including … Continue reading

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