Alexander Habbe ( 1829 - 1896)

Danish artist who immigrated to Australia in 1855 for the Victorian goldfields. However, he soon discovered employment as a scenic artist at Melbourne’s Theatre Royal. From 1860 to 1864, he was primarily associated with Sydney’s Royal Victoria Theatre, and later with the Royal Adelphi and Royal Victoria. Although he settled in Melbourne in 1872, Habbe continued to provide occasional scenes for Sydney theaters. Throughout his career, he collaborated with various scenic artists, including W.J. Wilson and John Little.

Born on April 22, 1829, in Elisnore, Denmark, Alexander Christian Habbe, along with his artist brother Nicholas (1827-89), embarked on a journey to Australia in 1855 in search of fortune. While working on the gold diggings in Victoria, Alexander engaged in scenic art for several theaters. By 1858, he was contracted to create paintings for Melbourne’s Theatre Royal. He later relocated to Sydney, where he mainly worked at the Royal Victoria Theatre between 1860 and 1864.

Alexander Habbe died on April 14, 1896, in Melbourne.

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