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Now her book, Masks and Faces: The Life and Career of Harry Braham, tells his story.

"They both sang comic songs and did a duet. He had mainly been a facial comedian but he also had a good baritone Nike Flyknit Racer Royal Purple

"He was mainly a singer but he also composed his own songs and went on to develop a solo act which involved pulling faces. The modern equivalents would be the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Lee Evans.

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She said: "His father was an artist and engraver and his mother had done a bit of singing but the main reason he got into the entertainment industry was that his uncle Fred was the manager of the Moore and Burgess Minstrels, who were a famous act at the time.

"But Lizzie and Harry did form a very successful double act. They became the best known and richest double act of the 1870s.

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But things took an unexpected turn when he fell for Irish singer and dancer Lizzie Watson, who made the same trip a year later.

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Harry married her at first his name would be one notch below her," Janet said.

"They went over to Australia on clipper ships but, when they came back, they travelled first class."

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"They toured Australia and New Zealand, they went over to America and played before the last monarch of Hawaii, when their ship was wrecked.

"He was just a boy and when he was 18 or 19 he appeared as part of a minstrel group in front of Queen Victoria at Balmoral.

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Janet, 50, quickly found that Harry had been born in 1850 in the slums of Victorian London.

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"And in the US they played with Tony Pastor, the impresario known as the Father of Vaudeville.

But after volunteering at the Britannia Panopticon the rediscovered Glasgow music hall venue it took five years to discover her ancestor had played there.

"He was still a young boy but he was obviously very adventurous and ambitious.

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Publicity material for Harry Braham's shows

"His wife was quite a character," Janet said. "Lizzie Watson was a stage name, her real name was Eliza Stephenson."

"They then went back to Australia, before finally returning to the UK.

"He appeared in the Canterbury Music Hall and also in the Alhambra in London. So he was a minor music hall comedian but he was starting to build up his act."

"Not much was written about him then but there were a couple of articles mentioning where he'd appeared and saying his act was quite successful.

"Harry went first to Adelaide, where he was semi successful, and then to Sydney. That's where his career really took off."

voice, whereas she was a good dancer and comic singer.

After seven years of marriage, and at the height of their success, the pair split up.

´╗┐Scots author Janet Muir discovers the secret life behind a music hall great from her family

"I confirmed that was the case by looking at census records and death certificates," Janet said.

Janet said: "All I knew was his name, that he was a comedian, he'd gone to Australia, he'd made a film and he'd died on Staten Island."

where Harry Braham once appeared

Lizzie and Harry married in Brisbane in 1873 but Janet began to suspect that Lizzie might never have divorced her first husband.

JANET Muir grew up knowing she had a great, great uncle who was a famous music hall comedian.

The Glasgow civil servant began researching Harry Braham and uncovered a colourful life, which featured everything from travelling the world and a stormy showbiz marriage to shipwrecks and starring in silent movies.

Aged 20 and dreaming of hitting the big time, Harry decided to go to Australia to find fame and fortune.

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