• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE6238

Friend, Gwen

(1923 – 2016)
  • Born 1 January, 1923
  • Died 3 November, 2016, BalgowlahBalgowlah New South Wales Australia
  • Occupation Artist, Set designer, Writer


Gwen Friend, sister of artist Donald Friend, was a partner with Fifi Banvard in the theatrical company Fifi Banvard Productions. Gwen was responsible for set design, props, lighting, costumes and make-up. The company played a season at the Theatre Royal in Hobart, from July 1950 to March 1951, to great acclaim.

Archival resources

  • State Library of New South Wales
    • Gwen Friend theatrical photographs and programs, ca. 1920-1961 / various photographers
    • Gwen Friend papers, relating to the theatre and Fifi Banvard Productions, 1903-1965
  • National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    • Papers of Gwen Friend, 1955-1994 [manuscript]
  • Fryer Library, The University of Queensland
    • Correspondence about Fifi Banvard and Gwen Friend, 2005 Jan. 31 - 2005 May

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