Four Wirth Brother's Circus elephants walking on the Grey Street Bridge, Brisbane

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Where: Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

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When: 01 January 1950

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Creator: Arthur McLeod.

Location: Brisbane, Queensland.

Description: Elephants. Wirth Bros Circus, Grey Street. (Description supplied with photograph). Photographs from the 32086, Arthur McLeod acetate negatives and glass plate negatives collection.

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    • 27/Nov/2021 09:28:43

    Some of the Wirth's Brother's Circus elephants: * Alice Died 30 April 1956 the first mention of this elephant was from an interview with Doris Wirth in 1927. She was put down at Wirth's property by a veterinarian at around 65 years of age. * Cardie (Cardigan) Wirths had obtained Cardie around circa 1902 (yet to confirm this year). He had numerous incidences of attacking his keepers. In 1923 during a performance in Queensland Cardie attacked his trainer. He was subsequently shot in July 1923. * Ghuni Sah (Ghunah Sah) This elephant was obtained by Wirths around 1898/1900 and was billed as 'The Bucking Elephant'. She was purchased in Rangoon from a Scottish Timber Merchant (from interview with Phillip Wirth). Her death date is unknown. She possibly died from eating superphosphate when Wirth's were touring Western Australia. * Toby The First Toby was obtained by Moore Park from W.H Hartley in 1887. Hartley had used her as a performing elephant. Toby proved to be of difficult temperament and was sold to Wirth's Circus around 1904. She had several escapes during the time they owned her. In 1915 Toby became ill and died. Source: