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Paull Family honoured at Arts Centre

Paull Family honoured at Arts Centre One of the City’s oldest families will be honoured with the naming of a dedicated space at Canterbury-Bankstown Arts Centre after it. No Paull Family honoured at Arts Centre One of the City’s oldest families will be honoured with the naming of a dedicated space at Canterbury-Bankstown Arts Centre after it.  
Bankstown Arts Centre

​One of the City’s oldest families will be honoured with the naming of a dedicated space at Canterbury-Bankstown Arts Centre after it. 

The Paull family has resided in the district since the 1920s, as bakers, soldiers, boxers, policemen, photographers and other occupations, but mainly in theatrical productions in Bankstown.

One member, who is particularly notable is Edith Paull (1912-2005), a distinguished and longstanding figure-head of the Bankstown Theatrical Society, now known as Bankstown Theatre Company.

“It’s incredible to think there are people who still remember my mother’s contribution to the entertainment industry but, as time goes on, there will be less and less, so it means the world to me and her grandchildren that her history won’t be forgotten,” Mrs Kenyon said.

Mrs Kenyon said some of her fondest memories were performing on stage with her mum, father and brother - Edith Paull, Gifford Mark Wilkes and Warrick Wilkes.

“One play that was very special to me was called ‘Dear Charles’, where mum played the lead role and Warrick and I played her children on stage in 1973. I think Mum was very happy that both her children were following in her footsteps,” she said.

“I spent a lot of my childhood backstage and have many memories of wonderful dancers, actors, singers and musical directors. A lot of talented people were attracted to the area to work with mum.”

Edith studied acting professionally at the Independent Theatre under the legendary Doris Fitton. She also studied singing at the Conservatorium of Music and was an accomplished dancer.

When Edith moved into her 50s, she tackled a new challenge – directing - at one point directing more than 50 shows in succession. 

“Mum loved teaching and directing. She had passion, dedication and skills that inspired a lot of people. She was President of the Society for many years and gave her all, every day, until she retired in her 70s. I am immensely proud of her.” 

The Paull family and the entertainment community will come together at Canterbury-Bankstown Arts Centre on Saturday 24 June (2-4pm) for the unveiling of the Paull Studio.

For more information, call the Arts Centre on 9707 5400.

 16/06/2017 4:33 PM