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Sister Dorrie (1985)
Dorothy Ricketts

Sister Dorrie

1910 - Born Dorothy May Ricketts on January 8th in Warragu, Victoria.

Family settled in Palmwoods.

As a teenage she worked at the Theatre Royal in Brisbane as a double act with Rex Payne.

1930’s - Dorrie made a name for herself as a musician, singer, actress and comedian throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Late 1930’s - Joined the Tivoli circuit where she met Tex Morton. She joined Tex on his “Tex Morton’s Circus and Rodeo”, which became the country’s biggest touring entertainment, touring continually until the beginning of the 1950”s.

1941 - In March she became the first woman to make a recording when she recorded a duet with Tex Morton.

Dorrie became the accordionist for the “Roughriders”.

Dorrie and Tex originated and starred in the high rating radio show “All Self And Saddled”. They played themselves in a situation drama with country songs backed by the “Roughriders”. Dorrie wrote much of the material for these shows.

1985 - Inducted into the Hands of Fame.

1992 - Passed away on April 19th.