The Reddy/ Lamond family
The Reddy/ Lamond Family, 1959. Featuring (left to right): Max Reddy, Helen Reddy, Stella Lamond, Tony Sheldon and Toni Lamond.
Photograph by Chris Whitehorn, 1959
This photograph forms part of the Toni Lamond Collection which was donated to the Performing Arts Collection, the Arts Centre, Melbourne in 1996.
This photograph shows three generations of performers from the one family. The child in the photograph is actor-director Tony Sheldon.
Tony grew up surrounded by an extended theatrical family that included his mother Toni Lamond, father Frank Sheldon, grandparents Max Reddy and Stella Lamond and aunt Helen Reddy.
During 1955, Toni, Frank and Tony travelled throughout Tasmania and Northern Queensland with Max and Stella's show, The Follies. In Queensland they travelled on the 'show train ', a train especially chartered by the Showman's Guild to transport performers throughout the region.
Toni Lamond recalls:
“Most of the time we lived in hotels, with Tony in the bottom drawer. But once or twice the town was full and we had to stay on the show train. We didn't mind. It was like camping. The siding was grassy ,we could cook our meals on the trusty metho stove, and for Tony's bath in a bucket I got hot water from the steam engine.”