Also known as Bill Russell
Born William Russel, he had served in South Africa during the Anglo Boer War, and in 1902 came back to South Africa with his colleague and friend William Thomas Powell . They arrived in Cape Town on September and then reached Johannesburg by train on 15 October.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
Powell's reminiscences of their period there (published as "Excerpts from the Memoirs of William T. Powell") contain interesting information on Johannesburg at the time and of the work of the Leonard Rayne Company, its manager and its performers in 1902-3.
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