If it had not been for the award winning 2010 movie, The
King's Speech, Lionel Logue and his contribution to
society would have remained forgotten.
Lionel George Logue CVO, the son of George Edward Logue,
a clerk, and his wife Lavinia, née Rankin, was born 26 February
1880 at College Town (now St Peters) SA. He attended Prince
Alfred College and then the Elder Conservatorium of Music
at the Adelaide University where he studied under elocutionist,
Professor Edward Reeves. In 1902 he became Reeves' secretary
and assistant-teacher before moving to Kalgoorlie. Prior
to leaving South Australia, Lionel Logue received many positive
reviews for his recital performances. He established elocution
schools in Adelaide and Perth where public speaking and
acting was taught. He staged plays, recited Shakespeare
and Dickens at concerts, and founded a public-speaking club.
Lionel also taught at the Young Men's Christian Association
and at Scotch College. From 1910 he was teaching part time
at the Perth Technical School.
As a Christian Scientist, Lionel Logue was also highly
committed to helping his fellow man and in World War I he
treated returned soldiers afflicted with speech impediments
caused by shell-shock. His technique was to teach the afflicted
exercises for the lungs and diaphragm, and to breathe sufficiently
deeply to complete a sentence fluently.
In 1924, Lionel Logue relocated his practice to Harley
Street in London where he was approached by the stammering
Duke of York in 1926. Logue's exercise program relaxed the
tensions so that the Duke was able to open the Australian
parliament in Canberra in 1927 without any sign of a stammer.
Logue remained a supporter of the Duke, later George VI,
as he prepared for all his major speeches including his
coronation in 1937 and the VE Day broadcast in May 1945.
Lionel Logue founded the British Society of Speech Therapists
in 1935 and was a founding fellow of the College of Speech
Therapists in 1944. His award, Member of the Victorian Order
(MVO) in 1937, was upgraded to Commander (CVO) in 1943.
Lionel George Logue married Myrtle Gruenert in St Georges
Cathedral, Perth on 20 March 1907 and the couple had three
sons. He died 12 April 1953 in London.