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 offering £10 reward for the discovery of the destroyer. It is believed that a dog did the mischief, but a veterinary surgeon is of opinion that the damage was done by the emu.