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St Leon's Circus :Waitara, Wed Nov 16. Travelling by special train. St Leons Circus. 20 new acts this season ... [Printed in] Invercargill [1921]

Reference Number: Eph-E-CABOT-Circus-1921-01

Poster advertising the 1921 tour by the Australian circus company, St Leon's Circus. Lists the following performers: Odessa Bros (triple horizontal bar), the beautiful Dolories (trapeze), Joey and Woolum, Maudie (mule), Ky-Yia Trio (dogs trained by "Jackeroo"), Prof Morris and his New Zealand and French mountain trained sheep and trained pigs, St Leon's acrobats, Master Mervyn King (boy rider), Odessa Sisters (aerial whirling stunts), Conchita (rider), Ray St Leon and his 4 flying steeds, Golda ("singing Venus on tight wire"), Gus St Leon (clown), Rentfrew statues, Madame Footrina; Algernon, Bertram & Reginald (comedy riding duo), Reuben (miniature horse).

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St Leon's Circus :Waitara, Wed Nov 16. Travelling by special train. St Leons Circus. 20 new acts this season ... [Printed in] Invercargill [1921], Reference Number Eph-E-CABOT-Circus-1921-01 (1 digitised items)

Extent: 1 colour art print(s)Relief print, on poster 1070 x 395 mm.. Vertical imageEphemera

Historical Notes: Mark St Leon writes (10 November 2007): "As with a lot of circus programs, family members may have performed in several different acts under other names. The St Leon family for this tour comprised the brothers Syl, Reg and Adrian and their sister Daisy (Mrs Alf Honey) and the Honeys' daughters, Golda, Doris ('Conchita'), Loreen and Florence. Ray St Leon was their cousin (and my great uncle). Golda was "Mdlle Golda" and the sisters Doris, Loreen and Florence were the 3 Odessa Sisters/Honey Trio. Alf Honey and his partner Frank Cherry were gymnasts, although the "Cherry" for this tour was probably not the Frank Cherry of the original act of 1908-09. 'Professor' Morris was an animal trainer. Master Mervyn King was an adopted/apprenticed boy of the St Leons who died recently at the age of 95. I recorded his life story as a circus man in my book 'The Silver Road'. Joey & Woolum was, I think, Syl and Adrian St Leon. Delories may have been either Golda or Doris. The Rentfrew Troupe/Bezantine Troupe were mostly the family. There is mention of Gus St Leon (father of Syl, Reg, Adrian and Daisy) but I doubt if he was on this tour. His brother Walter (father of Ray) was present for the early part of the tour and presented the war horse Romulus. You will find references to the Honey family in my Circus in 'Australia: The American Century' as this branch of the St Leon family later established itself in the USA".

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