Judith Durham, Australian singer and vocalist of The Seekers, dies at 79

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Fans believe Judith Durham has amassed a substantial fortune in her long career spanning six decades. However, you might be shocked by the ins and outs of her fortune.

Many on social media are expressing their sadness at the news of her death. She died on August 5, 2022 at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, aged 79.

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Judith Durham

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Judith Durham’s net worth at the time of her death might surprise you

Judith Durhan rose to fame as the lead singer of the folk music group The Seekers. But her career didn’t start with the band.

She was 18 years old when she began her professional music career. At the Memphis Jazz Club in Malvern, Australia, she approached Nicholas Ribush, director of the Melbourne University Jazz Band, and asked if she could sing with the ensemble.

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In 1963 she began performing at the same club as Frank Traynor’s Jazz Preachers under the name Durham, her mother’s maiden name. She also collaborated with Frank Traynor’s Jazz Preachers to record her debut EP, Judy Durham, for W&G Records that same year.

Later that year she joined the pop group The Seekers. Durham, Athol Guy, Bruce Woodley and Keith Potger, an ABC radio producer, formed the band.

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Over time the band had gained popularity in Australia. The Seekers’ performance at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, Australia on March 12, 1967 drew more than 200,000 people, or more than a tenth of the city’s population, setting a record for Australia.

When their television production The Seekers Down Under attracted the biggest television audiences of all time in early 1968, they all received the country’s top honor as ‘Australian of the Year 1967’.

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During a tour of New Zealand in February 1968, Durham announced that she was leaving the Seekers after experiencing success and personal growth with the group. In July 1968 she quit and embarked on a new adventure hoping to explore other artistic avenues and meet her future spouse.

In September 1968, following Durham’s return home in August, the Nine Network presented her first solo television special, An Evening with Judith Durham. During her solo career she released the CDs For Christmas with Love, Gift of Song and Climb Every Mountain.

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She appeared in the 1975 Australian Cash & Co. television episode The Golden Girl as Sarah Simmonds in both the acting and singing parts. Durham’s husband Ron Edgeworth played the piano in this episode set in 19th century Australian goldfields.

In 2003 she celebrated her 60th birthday with a “The Diamond Tour” tour of Great Britain. She began updating ‘Advance Australia Fair’, Australia’s national anthem, in 2006 and launched it at Federation Hall on St Kilda Road in May 2009.

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She unexpectedly returned to the Myer Music Bowl when she sang “The Carnival Is Over” as the last song at the RocKwiz Salutes the Bowl – Sidney Myer Music Bowl 50th Anniversary on February 13, 2009. She also signed an exclusive worldwide deal with Decca Records in 2011.

She had a protracted musical career. Most of it was split between her and her late spouse. Given her fame and long career, fans are curious about her wealth.

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She hasn’t publicly acknowledged her money, but according to some online sites, she had a net worth of $1 million to $3 million.

Judith Durham Wikipedia Bio – How old is she?

On July 3, 1943, Judith Mavis gave birth to Cock Durham in Essendon, Victoria. William Alexander Cock DFC and Hazel Durham were her parents. Her father served as a navigator and boy scout during World War II.

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From birth until 1949 she lived on Mount Alexander Road in Essendon and attended Essendon Primary School. She spent her summers in the weather board house on the west side of Rosebud in Durham Place, which belonged to her family. However, the building was later destroyed.

Her Wikipedia profile says her father accepted a job offer in Tasmania’s Hobart in 1949. The family had previously lived in Taroona, a suburb of Hobart, from the early 1950s until they moved to Melbourne, settling in Georgian Court, Balwyn in 1956. She was a pupil at Fahan School during this period.

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She lived in Balwyn and was educated at Ruyton Girls’ School in Kew. She later enrolled in a course at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

She initially wanted to be a pianist. The University of Melbourne Conservatory then awarded her an Associate in Music, Australia (AMusA) degree in classical piano.

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She played the piano professionally and sang blues, gospel and jazz songs. She also received training in classical singing.

She also started her professional career at the age of 18. From that point on until her death she dedicated herself to music.

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Judith Durham never had children

Ronald Edgeworth was Ronald Edgeworth’s spouse. He was a composer and actor. On 21 November 1969, Judith married London-born Ron at Scots Church in Melbourne.

They lived in the UK and Switzerland until the 1980s before settling in Nambour, Queensland. However, her husband was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 1990. He died on December 10, 1994.

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They had a blissful 25-year marriage. They spent years traveling and performing together and Ron was a brilliant and exceptional pianist.

The couple did not want to have children. During their marriage, they were not blessed with any offspring. Their love for each other and the all-pervading music gave their lives complete fulfillment.

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