Dame Nellie Melba By killercupcake May 19, 1861 Nellie Melba was born. Born as Helen Porter Mitchell. Dec 22, 1882 Nellie Melba marries Charles Nisbett Frederick Armstrong. Jan 19, 1884 Left Mackay for Melbourne. Nellie Melba leaves Mackay and goes to Melbourne. Oct 12, 1887 Nellie Melba's first starring role. Her first starring role as 'Gilda' at the Théâtre de La Monnaie in Brussels. May 24, 1888 First debut at Convent Garden. Her first debut at Convent Garden ,where she sang as 'Lucia'. May 18, 1889 Paris debut. Made her Paris debut as 'Ophelie' from Hamlet. Jan 1, 1900 Nellie Melba's divorce. Nellie Melba and husband divorce in Texas. (exact date unknown) Mar 15, 1918 Appointed as Dame Commander of the British Empire. Nellie Melba is appointed as Dame Commander of the British Empire for her efforts in World War 1. Oct 11, 1924 Announces Australian farewell to grand opera. Nellie Melba announces first farewell to grand opera. (exact date unknown) Jun 2, 1927 Promoted to Dame Grand Cross of the British Empire. Along with Princess Mary, Nellie Melba is promoted to Dame Grand Cross of the British Empire. Sep 27, 1928 One of Nellie Melba's last Australian tours. One of her last Australian tours, in Melbourne. Feb 23, 1931 Nellie Melba died. Nellie Melba dies from septicaemia, which was from a facial surgery in Europe some weeks before. She died in St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney.