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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 her away. “Too much good feed” was the explanation for Topsy’s jamboree.

 

On this day …….. 17th of August 1937

Members of Perry Bros.’ Circus have operated’ on one of the elephants nine year-old Topsy, who was imported from India at the age of about four years for a poisoned foot, since the circus arrived in Brisbane. Although she is still hobbling about with half a sack of bran mash poultice on the injured foot, she is well on the way to recovery. Until it is completely healed Topsy is having a rest. No anaesthetic could be administered, so the trainer (Mr. Harry Rountree) just held Topsy down, and, assisted by a Brisbane veterinary surgeon, lanced the wound. Topsy struggled and bellowed a little, but like Androcles the lion, she seemed to know it was for her own good.

 

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 …….. 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 …….. 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 her away. “Too much good feed” was the explanation for Topsy’s jamboree.

 

On this day …….. 17th of August 1937

Members of Perry Bros.’ Circus have operated’ on one of the elephants nine year-old Topsy, who was imported from India at the age of about four years for a poisoned foot, since the circus arrived in Brisbane. Although she is still hobbling about with half a sack of bran mash poultice on the injured foot, she is well on the way to recovery. Until it is completely healed Topsy is having a rest. No anaesthetic could be administered, so the trainer (Mr. Harry Rountree) just held Topsy down, and, assisted by a Brisbane veterinary surgeon, lanced the wound. Topsy struggled and bellowed a little, but like Androcles the lion, she seemed to know it was for her own good.

 

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 …….. 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.