All that can presently (March 2021) be gleaned from sheet music covers and by internet searching is that Lily Burnard is the one-off composer of My Baby May
(1899) published by Francis, Day & Hunter
She is described as a burlesque actress in the Hull Daily News of Monday 21st August 1911 reporting on a show at the Hull Palace Theatre. Herein she gets the one-liner: As a burlesque actress Lily Burnard scored well, her costumes being novel and striking.
She is also listed in 60 Old-Time Variety Songs
as the singer of Two Little Girls in Blue
(1893 - words by Claude D Richardson and music by Charles Graham
Burnard also gets a mention in the following review by the Australian The Bulletin
of 18th June 1925:
The Veterans of Variety," made their first Sydney appearance at Fullers last Saturday before a wildly enthusiastic audience. The popular melodies of a quarter of a century ago were sung by the five old timers, Jake Friedman, Arthur Slater. George Campbell, Florence Hinton and Lily Burnard - in some instances by the artists who started them on their long journey. The choruses of such old favorites as "After the Ball," "Oh, Mr. Porter, What a Silly Girl!" and "Daisy, Daisy, Give Me Your Answer, Do," were sung by the veterans, the words being flashed on to a screen. Old Alhambra patrons must have had a thrill when George Campbell let loose "The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo" or when Lily Burnard rendered her very own "Two Little Girls in Blue." Florence Hinton's "Good-bye, Mignonette," rescued from the lumber rooms of the past, and the clowning and yodelling of Jake Friedman afforded an interesting contrast of the old with the new It was ridiculous to speak of the superiority of one over the other: they embody the spirit, of two totally different ages, so far as mental outlook goes, and it is no reflection on them to say that the old-time airs, for all their quaintness, would become very tiresome to day if laid on too thick.
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