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 […]


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 […]

Dangerous circus elephant

On this day …….. 4th of December 1886 Dangerous circus elephant Abu, the circus elephant which crushed a 22-year-old woman to death on Thursday, will not be destroyed. The owners of Ashton’s Circus were allowed to decide Abu’s future after Victorian authorities decided that they did not have the power to order it to be […]

Escaped elephant – Richmond

On This Day ……. 29th October 1954 Escaped Elephant – Richmond An escaped elephant from Wirth’s Circus’ temporary camp outside Olympic Park in Richmond, Melbourne caused a mild panic on the 29th October 1954. At 9.30 p.m. a check was made by the boys guarding the elephants, and it was found that one was missing. […]

Elephant bolt with lion cage – Melbourne

On this day …….. 1st September 1894 A panic occurred in Bourke street, Melbourne on the 1st of September 1894, owing to the elephants drawing the lions cage in Fillis Circus procession taking fright. The animals bolted down the street at a great pace, dragging the roaring lions after them, and finally came to a […]

World’s largest performing elephant

On this day …….. 1st September 1936 Claimed to be the world’s largest performing elephant, Cissie, owned by Ashton Brothers travelling circus, nearly ended her career at Buninyong on the morning of the 1st of September 1936. The elephant was entering the circus allotment behind a line of 45 horses, when she fell through a […]


On this day …….. 23rd of August 1930 Topsy, the star performing elephant of Sole Brothers Circus, caused a sensation in South Brisbane when she broke from her tether, ran amok, pushed her head through the plate-glass of a shop window, and did a clumsy waltz like she does in the ring.” Attendants finally led […]

Elephant Hunt in Adelaide

On this day …….. 4th May 1972 A runaway circus elephant charged a truck and tore up fencing in a four-hour chase across farms and along back roads in the Adelaide hills today. The elephant, Gi Gi, from the German National Circus, eventually surrendered quietly when her mother, Abu, and sister, Kinder, were led to […]

Killer Elephant

On this day …….. 26th April 1974 Mr Doug Laing-Smith, 38, died in hospital on this day in 1974, 27 days after he was crushed by an elephant while working for Ashton’s Circus in Melbourne. He was knocked down and crushed by Abu the elephant after it was frightened by children playing on mini-bikes, Mr […]

Melbourne Zoo Elephant

ON THIS DAY ……… 16th March 1883 The elephant at the Melbourne Zoo is thriving splendidly, and will be ready to carry children on the 16th March 1883.    

Elephant Broke Up Pipe Band

On this day …….. 26th of January 1954 On this day in 1954, wandering elephant, crashed its way through a Sydney church hall and broke up a meeting of Scottish pipers. According to the Rev. R. A. Hickey, of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Redfern. The pipers literally picked up their skirts and ran for their […]

Poison Weed Kills Elephant

On this day …….. 20th of January 1933 A heavy loss was sustained by Wirth’s Bros, at Hamilton, on this day in 1933, when one of their circus elephants died after having eaten a poisonous weed. The animal, which the proprietors estimated as having been worth £2000 to insurer, was not insured. The weed was […]