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Polly Lee
The American equestrienne Polly Lee who first visited Australia as a member of Cooper, Bailey & Co's Great International Allied Shows in 1876.
Polly Lee  - Cooper, Bailey & Co



 

Ella Zuila and Little Lulu
The Australian aerial cyclist, Ella Zuila, and her daughter, Little Lulu, in the United States, 1885
Ella Zuila and daughter Little Lulu



 

The Australian Wallabies
Digger Pugh and his 'Australian Wallabies' an all-female acrobatic troupe with Mills Bros Circus, USA, 1948.
The Australian Wallabies



 

Trapeze Artist
An unidentified female trapeze artist, USA, about 1880
A Trapeze Artist in about 1880



 

Japanese Performer
An unidentified Japanese female circus artist, USA, about 1880.
Female Japanese Circus Artist



 

Peggy St Leon
Peggy St Leon, Australian bareback rider with Wirth Bros Circus, 1951.
Peggy St Leon 1951



 

Rosina Burton - Gravestone
Gravestone for the equestrienne, Rosina Burton, wife of the circus proprietor, Henry Burton, Melbourne General Cemetery.
Rosina Burton Gravestone



 

Peggy St Leon
Peggy St Leon, aged about 10 years, on her favourite horse, Bonny, at Morgan, South Australia, 1930.
Peggy St Leon riding Bonny



 

Marie La Belle
'La Belle Marie' [Mary Sole], Australian circus artist, from Australian Variety, 23rd October 1919.
Marie La Belle - aka Mary Sole



 

Madam Franzina
Madam Franzina, female velocipede performer, Sydney 1876
Madam Franzina Sydney 1876



 

Miss Neredah Leon
'Miss Neredah Leon' [Neredah Daisy St Leon], hurricane hurdle rider in FitzGerald Bros Circus, Melbourne, 1900.
Miss Neredah Leon aka Neredah Daisy St Leon



 

Miss May Martin
Miss May Martin, contortionist in Wirth Bros Circus, 1906.
Miss May Martin Contortionist



 

Miss May Martin
Another pose by Miss May Martin, contortionist in Wirth Bros Circus, 1906.
Miss May Martin Contortionist in another pose.



 

Miss May Martin
Miss May Martin, acrobat and rider in Wirth Bros Circus, 1906.
Miss May Martin Acrobat and Rider



 

Miss May Martin
Wearing a different costume, Miss May Martin, acrobat and rider in Wirth Bros Circus, 1906.
Miss May Martin circus acrobat



 

Miss May Martin
Miss May Martin, acrobat and rider in Wirth Bros Circus, 1906.
Miss May Martin performer Wirth Circus



 

Elsie St Leon
Australian-born Miss Elsie St Leon, America's premiere lady bareback rider, New York, 1908.
 Lady Bareback rider Elsie St Leon 1908



 

Doris Honey
Doris Honey of the Honey family of Australian acrobats, USA, abt 1940.
Doris Honey - acrobat



 

Winnie Colleano
Winnie Colleano, Indigenous Australian solo trapeze artist, USA, abt 1935.
Trapeze Artist Winnie Colleano



 

Louise Boshell
Louise Boshell, equestrienne and wife of Australian-born equestrian, Frank Melville, USA, abt 1890.
Louise Boshell 1890



 

Mary Sole
Mary Sole, Australian solo trapeze artist who was billed as 'La Belle Marie', abt 1920.
Mary Sole Australian Trapeze Artist



 

Madame Scherazade
Madame Scherazade, the lady lion tamer who visited Australia with Fillis's Circus from South Africa, 1893.
Madame Scherazade Liontamer



 

Mary Sole
Add Mary Sole, about 8 years of age, solo trapeze artist in the family circus, Eroni Bros.
Mary Sole - Eroni Bros Circus



 

The Sole Sisters
The Sole Sisters, Maggie and Mary, in Eroni Bros Circus, 1908.
Maggie and Mary Sole



 

Kitty Gill
Kitty Gill, daughter of Indigenous circus proprietor, Bob West.
Kitty Gill Circus Performer



 

Phyllis Perry
Phyllis Perry riding Dolly in Perry Bros Circus, Sydney, 1937.
Phyllis Perry on Dolly



 

Stella Martin
Stella Martin of the Wirth family, circus rider, abt 1911.
Wirth Family, Stella Martin



 

Ida St Leon
Australian-born bareback rider and actress, Ida St Leon, star of circus, theatre, vaudeville and silent film, New York, 1910.
Ida St Leon - Circus, Theatre, Vaudville performer



 

Golda Honey
Golda Honey of the Australian Honey family of acrobats negotiates a tightwire as her father, Alf Honey, holds a bottomless basket through which she will jump. Photographed at an outdoor fair in the USA, abt 1928.
Golda Honey on the Tightwire



 

Hyland Family
Three siblings of the Hyland circus family which toured Australia in the early 1900s.
The Hyland Family



 

Hyland Family
Two sisters of the Hyland circus family which toured Australia in the early 1900s.
Two of the Hyland sisters



 

Hyland Sisters
Two sisters of the Hyland circus family which toured Australia in the early 1900s.
The Hyland Family Circus



 

Alice St Leon
Alice St Leon, circus rider and wife of Ellsworth L. Probasco, American circus proprietor and horse trainer, photographed in Melbourne in 1898.
Circus rider - Alice St Leon