Lilian Honiss Collection

Lilian Honiss (ca 1876 - ca 1960) was a teacher of English and music, and a ladies' companion who wrote accounts of her life and travels. She spent the years 1913 - 1918 in Russia where she witnessed events during the Bolshevik Revolution, and then travelled to China (1918-1921), USA (1921-1922), Italy (1922-1924) and USA and Canada (1924). She graduated from the Pius X School of Sacred Music In New York and later taught music and plainsong in New Zealand (mid to late 1930s) and Australia (early 1940s onwards). She died in Rome circa 1960.

The Honiss Collection consists of typescripts relating to her life and travels and is located in Rare Books and Special Collections, Fisher Library, University of Sydney. The collection was donated by Constantine Hotimsky.

Image: Lilian Honiss (alias "Liliansky Honissoff") in Russian "boyarski" costume. Image supplied by Mr Nigel Honiss, New Zealand.

Recent Submissions

  • Glimpses of bygone Russia. 1913-1918. 

    Honiss, Lilian (2010-03-03)
    Account of Lilian Honiss' experiences and travels in Russia, 1913-1918 and other countries, including China, 1918-1921. Honiss Collection, Rare Books and Special Collections.
  • Photograph of Lilian Honiss 

    Rare Books and Special Collections; University of Sydney Library (2010-03-03)
    Photograph of Lilian Honiss, undated. Photocopy of the original supplied by Nigel Honiss, New Zealand, 2009. Caption on back of photograph reads, "Lilian Honiss (alias "Liliansky Honisoff") in Russian "boyarski" costume".