Great article from Melbourne's 'The Age' newspaper from 13 August, about Australia's connection to the legendary partnership of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
'It sounds like the plot for a musical. In 1923 Dorothy Blanchard, the daughter of a Williamstown ship's captain, won a beauty pageant and sailed to America, dreaming of being a movie star. She toured the US as understudy in a stage revue before marrying a New York businessman and having two children. On a cruise she met budding stage lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, who was unhappily married. They fell madly in love … ’