Heat Kills Lion Cubs and Platypuses

Melbourne – February 1st, 1946 The recent heat wave in Melbourne is thought to have been responsible for the death of ‘three of the quintuplets born to the lioness Jinja at the Zoo. The births are an Australian and possibly a world record. Zoo officials are now desperately striving to save the lives of the two surviving cubs. In addition to the three […]

A Vicious Cow – 1865

An accident, which we fear may prove fatal, occurred on Saturday last near the Culloden Castle. A cow belonging to Mr Naylor of Duneed, was being driven along the street when she turned savage, rushing at the man who was driving her; he, however, was fortunate enough to get out of the way, and the […]

Welcome to 2018!!

Well we might be a little bit late to the new year this year!!  But nevertheless Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! In our defence we have been busy in the background finding and securing some new adventures for the Twisted History for this year, some we will be letting you know about very soon!  […]

HELD UP BY KANGAROO – BALLARAT CONSTABLE STARTLED

On this day …….. 17th of December 1927 Suddenly confronted in a city street by a kangaroo standing between five feet and six feet high at 4am on this day in 1927. Constable Allen was too startled for the moment to believe his eyes. When he tried lo approach the kangaroo, it hopped off much […]

KILLED BY EMU

On this day …….. 17th of December 1914 Two kangaroos and six wallabies presented to the Ballarat City Council by Mrs George Russell, were placed in the Gardens as the nucleus of a zoo. They were found dead on this day. An emu was placed in the same enclosure and was unaffected. The Council is […]

Frozen Goannas -1923

On This Day – 16th December 1923 Swamps turn to ice, goannas frozen in subtropical Queensland It’s rare that you’ll find ice outside of an esky filled with beer or a freezer full of fish in subtropical Rockhampton, Queensland. But according to Adelaide’s News on 11 December 1923, a rare weather event turned swamps into […]

SENSATIONAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT

On this day …….. 16th of December 1907   A sensational railway accident occurred at Dimboola on this night in 1907, resulting in the death of a valuable circus pony. The animals belonging to Wirth’s circus were being trucked when the points refused to act. This caused one of the truck to be thrown on […]

FATAL ACCIDENT AT A CIRCUS PERFORMANCE -1905

On this day …….. 15th of December 1905 During a performance of Wirth’s Circus at Warrnambool, on this day in 1905, a tent-pole fell and struck Doris Dunstan aged 14, the only daughter of Rev. T. D. Dunstan, Anglican clergyman. The girl was pinned to the ground as the big top partially collapsed. The girl […]

RING MASTER BURNT

On this day …….. 12th of December 1908 On the evening of the 12th of December 1908, Mr. Phillip Wirths of Wirths’ Circus, met with a painful accident. He was riding his favourite horse Bobs round the ring, and jumping through burning hoops held by the attendants. The rim of which struck him on the […]

SOUNDS OF THE CIRCUS

On this day …….. 12th of December 1912 Eroni’s Circus has been staying in North East Victoria for a day or two, weather bound, and many of the horses have been greatly affected by the roaring of the wild animals in the menagerie. No doubt thinking they would be eaten, standing in their stalls trembling […]

ESCAPED ELEPHANT

On this day …….. 9th of December 1938 An elephant escaped from a circus at Bentleigh on this night in 1938, and walked into the yard of Mr. and Mrs. Mall. The elephant made a great mess of the garden before mounting the front verandah and tried to turn around an electric light fitting. While […]

ZOO CHIMPANZEES PLAY UP

On this day …….. 8th of December 1932 Shortly after the arrival at the Melbourne Zoo of a pair of young chimpanzees, two keepers each received a smack in the eye. Another was pulled off a ladder, and a fourth attendant narrowly escaped a blow from a billet of wood. The director of the zoo […]