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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. 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 200 yards away from the camp.

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 lives. The nine-year-old elephant an escapee from a nearby circus, lumbered along Cleveland Street pursued by two keepers. She saw the open doorway of St. Paul’s Hall, and made straight for it. The doorway and part of the wall were shattered as the elephant pushed her way through. But the pipers were making such a racket they did not hear the visitor until she was in their midst. To get out of the hall, ‘Topsy’ retraced her steps and took some more of the wall with her. Last week ‘Topsy’ escaped, and ambled for a mile before being caught.

 

On this day …….. 21st of January 1903

 

Some excitement was created in the early hours, of the morning on this day in 1903, in Melbourne when the elephant from Fitzgerald’s circus broke loose and went upon a foraging expedition in the backyards of the premises near the spot where the circus had been pitched. The elephant was left tethered to a post while the other animals were being taken to the train, and it resented this treatment by snapping the post. In the backyard where it was eventually captured it turned on the tap and helped itself to a long drink.

 

 

On this day …….. 19th of January 1954

Laughing children followed Topsy, a one-and-a-half ton circus elephant, aged 9, who escaped from a circus and went a mile-and-a-half walk-about’ through Redfern streets of Sydney. Topsy caused no damage.

 

 

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. 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 200 yards away from the camp.

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 lives. The nine-year-old elephant an escapee from a nearby circus, lumbered along Cleveland Street pursued by two keepers. She saw the open doorway of St. Paul’s Hall, and made straight for it. The doorway and part of the wall were shattered as the elephant pushed her way through. But the pipers were making such a racket they did not hear the visitor until she was in their midst. To get out of the hall, ‘Topsy’ retraced her steps and took some more of the wall with her. Last week ‘Topsy’ escaped, and ambled for a mile before being caught.

 

On this day …….. 21st of January 1903

 

Some excitement was created in the early hours, of the morning on this day in 1903, in Melbourne when the elephant from Fitzgerald’s circus broke loose and went upon a foraging expedition in the backyards of the premises near the spot where the circus had been pitched. The elephant was left tethered to a post while the other animals were being taken to the train, and it resented this treatment by snapping the post. In the backyard where it was eventually captured it turned on the tap and helped itself to a long drink.

 

 

On this day …….. 19th of January 1954

Laughing children followed Topsy, a one-and-a-half ton circus elephant, aged 9, who escaped from a circus and went a mile-and-a-half walk-about’ through Redfern streets of Sydney. Topsy caused no damage.