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 […]

Constable Loses Hand

On this day …….. 26th April 1941 Constable L. Ferrter had his hand nearly bitten off when he put it between the bars of a lion cage at Lismore on this day in 1941. Crowbars were used to free him. The policeman later had the hand amputated in hospital. Two lions in a cage were […]

KILLED BY LIONS

On this day …….. 23rd of December 1964 Police are satisfied that there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a 49-year-old animal keeper at a Wingfield Circus camp in Adelaide on this day in 1964. George Herzog was found mauled in the camp paddock with four lions roaming free in the area. It […]

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 […]

Constable Loses Hand

On this day …….. 26th April 1941 Constable L. Ferrter had his hand nearly bitten off when he put it between the bars of a lion cage at Lismore on this day in 1941. Crowbars were used to free him. The policeman later had the hand amputated in hospital. Two lions in a cage were […]

Chinese New Year Lion Dance

The lion dance is an integral part of celebrations during Chinese New Year. The appearance of the lion is considered an auspicious event and is roundly welcome by shop-keepers. The performance of the lion symbolizes success in getting food and wealth, thus associating it with prosperity and good tidings. It is customary for lion dance […]

KILLED BY LIONS

On this day …….. 23rd of December 1964 Police are satisfied that there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a 49-year-old animal keeper at a Wingfield Circus camp in Adelaide on this day in 1964. George Herzog was found mauled in the camp paddock with four lions roaming free in the area. It […]

BOY KILLED AT LION PARK – Bacchus Marsh

A youth told a coroner in 1979, that a lion had “barged” through a fence and attacked his brother. His brother had tried to escape by climbing over a small gate at the rear of the enclosure. The Coroner, Mr Brown, was holding the inquest on Neville Craig Vance, 12, of Bacchus Marsh, who died […]

Child Killer Fed to the Lions

CHILD KILLER FEED TO THE LIONS A sad story happened in a house at 6 Sydney Rd, Brunswick. Robin a two year old boy had climbed inside a buggy hitched to a horse standing in the driveway. The horse bolted and Robin was thrown out, either the wheel or the horses hooves ran over his […]

Sensational Act – 1909

The spectators at Wirths’ Circus in Kilmore, on the night of the 27th September 1909, were provided with a sensational act, which they were as unprepared as the management. A brief encounter took place between the lion and a kangaroo, which ended in the kangaroo mauled death on the floor of its cage.