SHERWIN, Frances Amy Lillian (1855 –1935), soprano singer. Autograph letter signed Amy Sherwin to an unnamed correspondent, 4 sides, on headed paper bifolium (9x 14cm), Huonville, Shortlands Road, Shortlands, Kent, March 4th [no year], regarding dates that she is willing to give a recital and a ballad concert, detailing her touring terms - "twenty one guineas for myself, contralto & accompanist - My lowest terms for Ballad concert alone would be sixteen guineas, you providing accompanist but I should not do the Recital without my own pianist ............ I should be able to arrange the following evening May 3rd in an adjacent town & would quote you the two dates for 45 guineas".
Amy Sherwin, known as the 'Tasmanian Nightingale' at the height of her career, was born in Tasmania in 1855, and was taught singing by her mother. In 1878 she appeared with an Italian opera company at Hobart, Tasmania as Norina in Don Pasquale and was an immediate success. Proceeding to Melbourne in 1878 with the company she sang Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, and the following year in America she created the part of Marguerite in the first performance in America of Hector Berlioz's work, The Damnation of Faust. She studied under several masters both in America and in Europe, and toured Australia, New Zealand, Japan, America, Germany and South Africa with much success. Amy Sherwin settled in England with her husband Hugo Gorlitz and family, and in 1900 moved to Shortlands, Kent, named Huonville after her birthplace in Tasmania.