Tableau of circus animals Brisbane 1903

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Where: 80 Ann St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

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When: 01 January 1903

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Creator: Unidentified

Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Description:An animal tableau, Wirth's Circus. Herr Paul, animal trainer. [Description supplied with photograph] The tableau includes a horse, dog, goat and two lions? posing on stands behind the trainer.

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Owner: State Library of Queensland, Australia
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    State Library of Queensland, Australia

    • 20/Feb/2014 20:17:49

    Fancy having a lion, tiger, horse, goat, and monkeys living next door? Poor Mr Jarvis did. Read about 'Queensland's worst neighbour' at our John Oxley Library Blog:

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    • 26/Feb/2014 17:48:36

    That article is priceless!

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    • 15/Mar/2015 19:50:11

    I can confirm there are two lions in that photo. The lions were obtained from Melbourne zoo and integrated into the act. It was first performed in Brisbane in May 1903 Ref: THE "INNER LIFE" OF A MODERN CIRCUS. (1903, May 23). The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), p. 22 Supplement: Unknown. Retrieved March 16, 2015, from

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    State Library of Queensland, Australia

    • 16/Mar/2015 00:25:24

    [] Thank you for confirming where the lions came from. Great to read the article from the Queenslander about Wirth's Circus. We will add this detail to the image record. Thank you

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    • 16/Mar/2015 20:48:57

    You're welcome. Here's the blog post I wrote about it today.