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Helpmann, Sir Robert Murray (1909–1986), ballet dancer and actor, was born on 9 April 1909 at Kingsley House, Bay Road, Mount Gambier, South Australia, the eldest of the three children of James Murray Helpman (1881–1927), stock judge and auctioneer, and his wife, Mary (1883–1970)...


Sir Robert Murray Helpmann (1909–1986) by Pamela Chandler, 1956 © Estate of Pamela Chandler / National Portrait Gallery, London


Peacock, Francis (1723/4–1807), dancing-master and musician, was possibly born in or near York, although precise details of his birthplace are unknown. He studied dancing under Desnoyer, later dancing master at George III's court. In 1747 he was recommended to Aberdeen as 'a capable master … of a discreet and moral character' (...