ISBN 978-1-922957-58-0

Monarch of the Mob

Story of Roy Rene Mo Comedian

Harry Van der Sluice, an Adelaide boy, performed circus acts at home on Saturdays.

When the family decided to move to Melbourne, Harry, now known as Roy, establishes himself as a singer and dancer.

After the entrepreneur Ben Fuller sees Roy’s act, he signs him for tours around Australia and New Zealand.

Recognising Roy’s exceptional talent, the Fuller management team him with Nathan Phillips. This marks the beginning of Roy’s remarkable career on the Australian variety stage.

Gae Anderson author

About the Author

Gae Anderson, born and educated in Wagga Wagga, NSW, worked there as a stenographer for three years. With her sights set on an acting career, Gae moved to Sydney to live and work. An actor friend encouraged her to audition for NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) a two-year acting course at the time. Taking his advice, she was accepted. Gae remained a theatre performer for almost twenty years.

Her decision to move to Melbourne to live and work precipitated a change of direction toward university study and teaching.

In 1989, Gae returned to Sydney to live permanently. She gained her MA in Theatre Studies at the UNSW and PhD in Arts at Sydney University.

Professor Webby, Gae’s supervisor, encouraged her to convert her two-volume doctoral thesis into a book.

Tivoli King: The Life of Harry Rickards Vaudeville Showman was published in 2009. Wielding the Brush: Esther Paterson A lifetime in Australian Art followed in 2016.