January 12 Shirley Thoms in Toowoomba Queensland.
1930- Family moves to a cane farm near Bundaberg.
1940- At the age of 15 she is a devotee of country music,
listening to the radio and starts to learn songs of Buddy
Williams, Tex Morton etc.
1940- Appears for the first time on an amateur series for 4BU in
Bundaberg singing "Mocking Bird Yodel" and wins the finals.
1941- May 25th records with Regal Zonophone. Shirley becomes the
first Australian girl to record solo and first Queenslander to
be featured on disc. Records 12 songs, 6 of her own. Joins
George Sorlies famous road show.
1942- Records a further 8 songs.
1944-1946- Records six songs each year. Toured with an Army
Entertainment Unit giving concerts 7 nights a week.
1950- Maries John Sole of the "Sole Circus Family".
1952- Rodeo signs Shirley for 6 sides. Shirley retires from
music for 14 years.
1958- Husband John dies after a severe illness.
1960's- Marries a veterinarian, but
later divorced. Marries a
prominent figure who worked in the Australian Aircraft industry.
1970- 2TM brings Shirley to Tamworth for the 200th anniversary
concert, which leads to a contract with Hadley Records.
1980- Elevated to the Roll of Renown and inducted into the Hands
1985- Records one track tributed to Buddy Williams through RCA
and the Nicholl "N" Dimes label.
1990- Passed away on July 1st at the age of 74 from
complications with Parkinson's Disease.
wax sculpture of Shirley is in the Big Golden Guitar Wax Museum.