William Thomas Powell
Also known as Bill Powell.
Came to South Africa in 1902 with William Russell (better known as Bill Russell). They arrived in Cape Town on September and then reached Johannesburg by train on 15 October. While in Johannesburg he worked for three carriage builders (at different times).
He returned to England at the end of 1903, and in about 1920 he went to the USA and settled in the Los Angeles area, California.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
While in Johannesburg he and Bill Russel would work as flymen for the Leonard Rayne company in the Gaiety Theatre at night and over weekends.
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.
"Excerpts from the Memoirs of William T. Powell", In: Maryna Fraser. 1985. Johannesburg Pioneer Journals, 1888-1909, Cape Town: The Van Riebeeck Society.
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