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Eva Mylott, opera singer and paternal grandmother of Mel Gibson, ca. 1900 / J. Hubert Newman, French panel, 314 George St, late of Oxford St, Sydney

Eva Mylott, contralto and paternal grandmother of Mel Gibson, was born in 1875 at Tuross Head, N.S.W. Her family owned the whole peninsula at one time. Her father Patrick imported wines and spirits, and had ships trading from Tuross Head. He built Tuross House in the 1870's but rented the property out in 1883 (?) for his daughter's singing lessons. In Dec 1902 she sailed for the United States, appearing at the Metropolitan Opera with Nellie Melba and touring in 1914 with her cousin Marie Narelle (Molly Ryan), another singer, whose recordings are kept and issued by Screensound Australia. She was reputedly one of the many Melba protegees. She married in New York in 1917 and lived on Long Island. Her first son Hutton P. Gibson was Mel Gibson's father. She died in 1920 after her second son Alexander was born.


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Taken circa 1900