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Melba Books is named after the famous Australian Opera singer "Dame Melba". Read more about her fascinating life and career here. It is also named for the railroad siding of Melba, Saskatchewan. When the Canadian Pacific Railway came through the Canadian prairies they developed a siding at the foot of the beautiful Coteau Hills about 50 miles west of Moose Jaw. While there, the railway cook sang beautiful songs each evening for entertainment. The workers thought she sounded like "Dame Melba" and the small railway siding became formally known afterwards as "Melba".