Person - Patti Asange

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PATRICIA LAVINIA ASANGE (various spellings)

Strong featured and with a strong personality, Patricia Glasson in 1942 performed in Giggle Suits and Overalls and played Madame Lardier in Sabotage. After her 1949 marriage to George Asange, as Pat Asange she acted in What Price Wedlock? under the auspices of NT in 1953 and volunteered to have NT fundraising activities in her home. In 1954 she attended a Reedy River fancy dress ball; as Patti she acted in Better a Millstone ; in 1955 she was one of selected NT members approached for a donation towards financing Dick Diamond's trip to Warsaw; in 1966 she rejoined NT to play the title role in Mother Courage for which she received good crits. In 1991 her son Richard Assange acted in Fuente Ovejuna.

Work with other theatres included the Minerva ( with George Assange in A Dream Girl in 1950), the Metropolitan ( she directed and played the matriarch in The House of Bernarda Alba and with Reg Lye and Ken Warren acted in Morning’s at Seven in 1951), Sydney Repertory (an “attractive talent” in Fallen Angels in 1952, and Present Laughter with John Craig in 1953). In 1953 she was in A Midsummer Night’s Dream presented by the Woollahra Playhouse at St Brigid’s Garden Theatre Double Bay. In 1951 she was awarded Best Actress at the British Drama Festival for her work with the Sydney Repertory Theatre. In 1957 she was in Bonaventure directed by Norman McVicker at the Pocket Playhouse. At the Independent she acted in Causasian Chalk Circle and The Lesson in 1960, The Rose and the Ring with Maggie Dence and directed by Brian Tappley in 1962, and Abousir and Aboukir with Maggie Dence in 1963.

George Asange was in the musical revue Happily Ever After with Valerie Newstead at the Mercury 1952-3. In 1954 the Assang Bros were on a bill with Enzo Toppano.

Patricia Lavinia Glasson was the daughter of Eric Hylton Glasson (1886-1949) and “Mattie” Martha Jane née Blackwell (1886-1961). Her brothers were Richard and Eric born in the Newcastle area in 1911 and 1914. Eric senr, who died suddenly on 8 July 1949, belonged to the Wool and Basil Workers Union whose members attended his funeral at the Methodist Church Botany and the Eastern Suburbs Crematorium. The Glassons lived at 2A Strachan Street Kingsford.

At Chatswood in 1949 Patti married George Franklin Asange (born Thursday Island 1927- died Nowra 1997). The 1954 electoral roll has George Franklin (labourer) and Patricia Lavinia Asange (theatrical) at Moreton Hall Strachan St Kingsford. Their son Richard Brett Asange (1951-2012) became an amateur actor and theatre director.

Patti and George divorced in 1959. In 1960 George Franklin Asange married Lois Jean Wiltshire at Chatswood. In June 1967 Patti remarried. In 1971 George met actress Rowena Wallace while working on the TV series Barrier Reef and they married but had separated by 1994.

Patti was the step-grandmother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Paul Assange. Ca 1972 her son married Christine Ann Hawkins. Julian, born in Queensland in 1971 to John Shipton and Christine Hawkins, took his stepfather's surname. Richard and Christine Asange, who travelled with agit prop and kids' and puppet shows, divorced ca 1979.

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