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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

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Sunday, 3 February 2008
by Brad Storey


The following paragraph appeared in a London contemporary:-

Mr. E. Story-Gofton has come out strongly in a long interview in the Liverpool Courier as an authority on Anglo-African Politics. He shows in his remarks in the Courier, to which much prominence is given, a remarkable grasp of the subject, which he seems to have made his special study during his professional visits to South Africa." Stage, 2yd January, 1896.

An item of interest consists of a menu card. It bears upon its back cover three comical figures, and the words: "A little supper to Charlie Cartwright and E. Storey-Gofton, Athenæum Club, N.S.W., May 21st, 1898." On the cover are the following autographs:- Joseph Doyle (an eminent lawyer in Sydney), Edmund Barton (now Sir Edmund), Chas. Cartwright (a dramatic English actor), Horace H. Spooner (Artist, &c., Sydney News), C. E. Dekker (Editor, Sydney News), A. Nugent Robertson (the well known Antipodean Poet), Gerald Marr Thompson (Sydney Telegraph), J. C. K. Waldrot, E. Story-Gofton.

Sir Edmund Barton, the great Federal leader in the Australian Colony, forwarded to Mr. Story-Gofton a portrait of himself, on the back of which he wrote these words:-

"A memento of the pleasant evenings which we have spent together, in each of which my warm regard for you has increased. - Edmund Barton. Athenæum Club, Sydney,
3rd June, 1898."

The following brief letter from Miss Ellen Terry evinces the esteem this lady has for Mr. Story-Gofton.

215, King's Road, Chelsea.
11th June, 1908.

Dear Mr. Story-Gofton,
As James is away I answer your letter, to say that I expect by now Mr. Courtenay will have fowarded your engagement form. Let me add that I had fixed in my heart that you would come, and I am delighted to think we shall meet again in business and as friends.

Yours very sincerely,

The Press opinions in regard to Mr. Story, or Mr. Story-Gofton, as he is known professionally, an an actor, dramatist, musician, and lecturer include notices from the London Daily Telegraph, the Liverpool Courier, Newcastle Weekly Chronicle, Sunday Times, Bournemouth Visitor, Sydney Referee, Sydney Star, Johannesburgh Star, Manchester Courier, The Stage, and numerous other British and Foreign publications. The inexorable demands on our space in so many respects in a work of this character, preclude our reproducing the comments, either in full, or in part, concerning him and his work. We have them before us, as also the spontaneous enconiums of distinguished men in Great Britain and the Colonies. To include them all even in excerpt form would render this sketch of Mr. Story's career not only unduly lengthy but probably tedious.