12380539_221580294839773_1829296182_nOn 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 forehead, and threw him back on his horse, before he fell to the ground. Mr. Wirths, although severely burned about the face, courageously completed his performance.


12348523_221578068173329_391821701_nOn 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 with fear. A horse owned by Thomas Haywood was badly affected, and was with difficulty made to do his work. Will passing the circus camp on this day in 1912, the horse caught sight of an elephant, and stop and trembled. After a few moments it dropped dead, evidently with fright The horse was valued at £20.


599543-dffc6d50-38d2-11e5-bb93-5d026adb0dd0On Thursday morning a mare belonging to Mr. P. Rowley, of South Wangaratta. gave birth to a foal which was perfect in every way, except that it had no front legs nor is there any sign of legs at the chest. In appearance this freak of nature resembled a kangaroo more than a horse. It did not live. Mr. Allan, veterinarian opened the chest up but found no sign of legs, excepting a floating shoulder blade, about 6 inches long, without any joints and unattached to the body in the ordinary way it should have been. This is the seventh foal this mare has had but all the rest were perfect in every way.

Port Melbourne

12336182_221242388206897_1039274468_nAroused by a neighbour, who was on his way to work at an early, hour one day on the 22nd of November 1921, Mr. M. Rabinov, a pawnbroker of Bay street, Port Melbourne, found that his back garden had been completely wrecked. There was a large gap in a wooden fence which separates the garden from a vacant allotment and there was not one tree left standing in the garden. A large pepper tree aged 40 years, was uprooted, as well as an apricot and peach trees were strewn, about the lawn. Surveying, the ruin and swinging his trunk to and fro was a huge elephant, which refused, to move. Later the elephant’s trainer arrived, and explained that the animal was Cardi, an Indian male, the largest in Wirth’s circus at the Olympia, With three other elephants Cardi broke his chains early in the morning. Three of the elephants had not left Wirth’s Park. Search parties had been looking for Cardi for some time. The elephant left quietly with his trainer.


12325132_221240768207059_1179965847_nAn escaped elephant from Wirth’s Circus’ temporary camp outside Olympic Park in Richmond 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. Then telephone calls started to pour into Russell St. police station from people on their way home from the city saying that they had seen an elephant walking along Batman Ave. A police car was rushed to the scene and after a two and a half hour search they found the missing elephant. It was standing under a tree about 200yds away from the camp.

This farmland, approximately 15 miles from Wangaratta at the foot of the Warby Ranges, became the Jubilee Golf Club in the 1960s, kangaroos still come down to the golf course to feed in the evening.


An elephant escaped from a circus at Bentleigh on this night 12325201_220569964940806_1999547515_nin 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 It stood there Mr. and Mrs. Mall made “shoo” noises and tried unsuccessfully to raise the local police. The elephant walked off and entered Mr. F. E. Humphrey’s garden next door. There it was secured and was taken home.

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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 (Mr. Wilkie) said that he was sure the new arrivals would shortly be “star” performers at the zoo. The newcomers rose with the dawn on this day in 1932, and immediately howled loudly for their breakfast. Mr. Wilkie heard the noise from his home, and hurried down with four raw eggs, two slices of bread and jam, two pieces of cake, several bananas, and two oranges.

Whale in Port Phillip Bay12351006_220272108303925_804886758_n

Spouting, diving and lashing the water with its tail, a big whale disturbed fishing boats and seagulls at Williamstown on the 21st of July 1932. Many people lined the foreshores during the afternoon, and saw the whale cruising. Children shouted with delight as the visitor gave a rare exhibition of spouting.


12348760_220249154972887_287794576_nBarbara Noble, the two-months daughter of Mr, and Mrs. C. Noble, of Bordertown, was attacked on this day in 1938, in her cot by a stray ferret which had first killed and partly chewed a pet kangaroo in the kitchen. Mrs Noble on finding the dead Kangaroo, went to call her brother, and, hearing screams from the bedroom, rushed in to find the ferret attacking the infant who was badly bitten on the face. The infant was taken to hospital in a serious condition. The ferret was destroyed.
12358266_220245098306626_1590424132_nThe 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.