Souvenir programme 'Starlight Roof, at the Tivoli Theare in Melbourne during the 1950s. The programme includes reference to the 'Nudie Cuties and Tivoli Lovelies'', one of whom was Bernice Kopple who had migrated from Scotland to Australia, in December 1950 onboard the ship New Australia'.
Bernice Kopple was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1930 and migrated to Melbourne onboard the ship New Australia in 1950. She was nineteen years old and travelled alone, her mother and three siblings following later. Bernice was crowned Miss New Australia during the voyage, and went on to be Miss Torquay at the Sun Beach girl contest in 1951. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s Bernice worked as a model, entertainer, showgirl, snake dancer and animal handler on entertainment circuits around Australia and New Zealand. She pursued her passion for animals as a keeper at the Melbourne Zoo, lecturing on wildlife in schools and on television and developing her snake act in theatres, clubs, tent shows and drive-in cinemas.
In the 1970s, Bernice moved from Melbourne to Adelaide and worked as a mature model for daywear, bikinis and lingerie. She toured Australia with her dog and caravan, cultivating her reputation as a modern, independent woman, mustering, cooking and jillarooing in the Northern Territory and becoming manager at the Cairns Oceanarium. During the 1980s and 1990s, Bernice continued with modelling work and animal care in Adelaide until 2002, and she died in 2011. Bernice was well known for her energy, beauty, and wit and also remained proud of her Scottish heritage.
20 page souvenir programme with pink and black front cover featuring an illustration of a dancing girl. The inside pages feature photographs of performers, and advertisements.There is no date of publication.
Donation from Rachel Legge, 7/04/2014
Front cover: 'TIVOLI/"STARLIGHT ROOF"/the/spectacular/London/west end/revue'
Type of item
Overall Dimensions - Closed
115 mm (Width), 210 mm (Height)