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MARIEDL, Selfies with a Giantess

The Butterfly Club
CBD
The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place
CBD, Victoria 3000 Australia

Date

28 Nov –
02 Dec

About the Show

Maria Fassnauer, known as ‘Mariedl, the Tyrolean Giantess’ was born 1879 to an extremely poor farming family in Tyrol, Austria, and died there 38 years later. But those simple dates bookend an extraordinary life. Her fame spread from the small village out into the wider world and inevitably people came calling, including a man who was to become her manager. Together with her sister Rosa, she spent six years crossing Europe to be exhibited in theatres, at the World Fair in Brussels, in many a German panoptikum, then crossing to England where she spent a year at the Hippodromes in London and Manchester. It was here that Clive Darril from Wagga Wagga, Australia, caught up with her and made his infamous marriage proposal in front of the press, which she turned down. She had sponsorship deals, met royalty, made a huge sum of money which she gave to her parents and a variety of charities; but behind it all was a shy religious woman who had to work hard, standing for hours in position and then selling postcards of herself.

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Maria Fassnauer, known as ‘Mariedl, the Tyrolean Giantess’ was born 1879 to an extremely poor farming family in Tyrol, Austria, and died there 38 years later. But those simple dates bookend an extraordinary life. Her fame spread from the small village out into the wider world and inevitably people came calling, including a man who was to become her manager. Together with her sister Rosa, she spent six years crossing Europe to be exhibited in theatres, at the World Fair in Brussels, in many a German panoptikum, then crossing to England where she spent a year at the Hippodromes in London and Manchester. It was here that Clive Darril from Wagga Wagga, Australia, caught up with her and made his infamous marriage proposal in front of the press, which she turned down. She had sponsorship deals, met royalty, made a huge sum of money which she gave to her parents and a variety of charities; but behind it all was a shy religious woman who had to work hard, standing for hours in position and then selling postcards of herself.

Date

November 28, 2023
December 2, 2023

About the Show

Maria Fassnauer, known as ‘Mariedl, the Tyrolean Giantess’ was born 1879 to an extremely poor farming family in Tyrol, Austria, and died there 38 years later. But those simple dates bookend an extraordinary life. Her fame spread from the small village out into the wider world and inevitably people came calling, including a man who was to become her manager. Together with her sister Rosa, she spent six years crossing Europe to be exhibited in theatres, at the World Fair in Brussels, in many a German panoptikum, then crossing to England where she spent a year at the Hippodromes in London and Manchester. It was here that Clive Darril from Wagga Wagga, Australia, caught up with her and made his infamous marriage proposal in front of the press, which she turned down. She had sponsorship deals, met royalty, made a huge sum of money which she gave to her parents and a variety of charities; but behind it all was a shy religious woman who had to work hard, standing for hours in position and then selling postcards of herself.

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Maria Fassnauer, known as ‘Mariedl, the Tyrolean Giantess’ was born 1879 to an extremely poor farming family in Tyrol, Austria, and died there 38 years later. But those simple dates bookend an extraordinary life. Her fame spread from the small village out into the wider world and inevitably people came calling, including a man who was to become her manager. Together with her sister Rosa, she spent six years crossing Europe to be exhibited in theatres, at the World Fair in Brussels, in many a German panoptikum, then crossing to England where she spent a year at the Hippodromes in London and Manchester. It was here that Clive Darril from Wagga Wagga, Australia, caught up with her and made his infamous marriage proposal in front of the press, which she turned down. She had sponsorship deals, met royalty, made a huge sum of money which she gave to her parents and a variety of charities; but behind it all was a shy religious woman who had to work hard, standing for hours in position and then selling postcards of herself.

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