This headstone appears at Mornington Cemetery.
John Tallis studied in Paris with Marcel Dupre and Madame Bascouret in the late 20s and early 30s, and subsequently at the Royal College of Music in London.
(His father worked at J.C.Williamsons' theatre productions, so he was away from home a great deal, but home enough for John to be fascinated with his world.
Details of his life are HERE!)
On John's return to Australia, he concentrated on writing music for ballet and for small forces.
In 1995 he was the Composer-of Honour in the Department of Music of Monash University.
Anna Pavlova, the ballerina, filmed some of her dancing in the gardens of Grosvenor - the Tallis family's two storey Italianate mansion on the corner of Glenferrie and Toorak Roads.
The Tallis family's holiday home was Beleura at Mornington - (Dame Nellie Melba stayed here as a guest!) now open to the public, but no parking is allowed there.
A special meeting point is arranged (at the Mornington Regional Art Gallery) and a Beleura bus transports visitors from the meeting point to the site.
I especially love this snippet of John's life at Grosvenor:
Mr. Straub, the horologist, came over from Camberwell once a week to wind the many clocks in the house.
Wonderful details of John Tallis' amazing life - written by John Tallis - are HERE!
The Age presents a fascinating insight into the reclusive, bachelor later lifestyle of John Tallis.
Moving to his own rhythms
He lives with music
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