Person - Ossie Conroy

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OSWALD McDOWELL CONROY (1908 - 1954)

Ossie Conroy acted in Musette Morell’s The Wife Exchange in 1934 at the Tom Thumb Theatre and her play about censorship The Quick and the Dead in 1935 at St James Hall. He played a businessman with his brother Beresford as a reporter in NTL’s Bury the Dead 1937 and 1938, and the brothers acted in Lawson 1943. In 1949 Ossie toured schools as Feste in Twelfth Night, its cast including NT actors David Futcher, Lyle O'Hara and Cedric McLaughlin.

On 3 December 1929 aged 21 Ossie was injured when jammed between trucks at the Harbour Bridge workshops. On 30 November 1954 when living at Elizabeth Bay, he died following an accident at his factory in Cathedral Street East Sydney. Cremated at Eastern Suburbs Crematorium, he was survived by his daughter Gail and widow Elaine Jeanne née Backhouse whom he had married at Woollahra in 1938.

Oswald was born at Crookwell NSW, the son of Dr Lionel Bigoe Henzell Conroy (Sydney University medical graduate 1903) and Dorothy Agnes Gately who married in Sydney in 1904. His siblings were Beresford, Phyllis and Sylvia.



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