Ada Winifred Weekes Baker
BAKER, ADA WINIFRED WEEKES (1866-1949), teacher of singing, was born on 11 December 1866 at Strawberry Hills, Sydney, ninth child of George Frederick Baker, auctioneer, and his wife Sarah Wilkinson, née Epsley, both English born. At 15 Ada started to teach singing at Wagga Wagga to earn money to take lessons in Sydney. She also raised £50 for the local hospital and £38 in 1886 for the survivors of the shipwrecked Ly-ee-moon. On 23 April 1887 she married a clerk Charles Henry Hall (d.1937) in Sydney with Congregational forms; their daughters Beatrice and Vera were born in 1887 and 1889.
Marriage and motherhood did not prevent Ada Baker from pursuing a career. A 'vivacious' soprano with a 'rich voice', she appeared on Harry Rickards's vaudeville circuit in 1894-98 and as Zorilda in C. B. Westmacott's pantomime, Sinbad the Sailor, in December 1896; she made commercial cylinder-recordings in ...Read more at the source website