Film Archive

Australian circus artists appeared in an American newsreel as early as 1903 and in a Hollywood silent feature film as early as 1913. Unfortunately, no examples of these films appear to have survived the years. 

Many other films of Australian circus and circus performers, known to have been taken in the early 1900s, have been lost or destroyed.

Fortunately, footage of Australian circus and circus performers, taken as far back as the 1920s, has survived. Some footage is found in newsreels, home movies and television archives.

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Ashton

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The Seven Ashtons – Risley Acrobats

Circa. 1955  |  USA

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The Seven Ashtons

Circa. 1960  |  USA

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The Ashtons – Billy Smarts Circus

Circa. 1975 | UK

Colleano

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Con Colleano – Australian Tightwire Wizard

Circa. 1939  |  USA

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Con Colleano – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

Circa. 1929  |  USA

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Con Colleano – Home movies

Circa. 1929 & 1939  |  USA

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Con Colleano – A life commemorated

2005  |  AU

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Winnie Colleano – Trapeze

Circa. 1939  |  USA

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Con Colleano – Short Documentary

1994  |  AU

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Con Colleano – Cole Bros Circus

Circa. 1950  |  USA

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Colleano Family

Circa. 1939  |  UK

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Con Colleano – Cirque Medrano

Circa. 1936  |  FR

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Con Colleano – Cole Bros Circus

Circa. 1949  |  USA

St Leon

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St Leon Troupe – Unknown

Circa. 1959  |  USA

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St Leon Troupe – The Australian acrobats

Circa. 1949  |  USA

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St Leons – Wirths Circus

1951  |  AU

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St Leons –  Sole Bros Circus

1949  |  NZ

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Honey Family | Coney Island

1926  |  USA

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The Honey Girls | Acrobatic quartette

1956  |  USA

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Honey Family | Movie ‘State Fair’

1933 | USA

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Honey Family| Newsreel

Circa. 1934 | AU

Wirth

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Wirths Circus

Circa. 1954  |  AU

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Wirths Circus & Zoo | Brisbane

Circa. 1934  |  AU

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Wirths Circus | Departure to New Zealand

Circa. 1954 | AU

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Wirths Circus | Olympia Melbourne

Circa. 1934 | AU

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Wirths Circus & Zoo | Unloading

Circa. 1953 | NZ?

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Wirths Circus

1951 | AU

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May Wirth

Circa. 1924 | USA

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Wirths Circus & Zoo | Elephant Unloading

Circa. 1953 | AU

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Wirths Circus | Mount Morgan, QLD

Circa. 1953 | AU

Other Great Circus Artists

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Napier & Yvonne

Circa. 1920 | AU

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Codonas | Polly of the Circus

Circa. 1932 | USA

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Codonas | With Australian Vera Bruce

Circa. 1932 | USA

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Codonas | Wintergarten Berlin

Circa. 1925 | DE

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Japanese Acrobats | Risley & Foot Juggling

Circa. 1904 | JP

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Caicedo| Columbian Tightrope Walker

Circa. 1894 | CO

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Lillian Leitzel | Aerial Gymnast

Circa. 1929 | USA