The Auckland Star newspaper has now been digitised up to 1926 and is available of Papers Past - this is an absolutely fabulous resource.
Arthur Austen is frequently to be found in its pages - a talented comedian, M-C and fancy dress competition judge.
Working with his brother Alf!
Everybody's favourite comedian!
Hmm - vaudville! Arthur was a member of the Fullers Vaudeville troop.
Cyrel Hardy - that "novelty musician" was to continue his career as a magician - "Handini Hardy". His niece was Lilian Jean Hardy who married Arthur's son Mervyn (Greg's parents!)