Original Works

If you would like to explore the history of circus in Australia, the original works of Mark St Leon, PhD may be helpful.

Original Works

By Mark St Leon

This is a compilation of some useful resources when exploring the history of Australian circus.

St Leon, Mark, ‘A long and winding road: The story of circus in Australia’, Australian Heritage, Spring, 2008, pp. 75-80.

St Leon, Mark, ‘Australia’s circus heritage’, Circus!, Sydney: Powerhouse Museum, 1996.

St Leon, Mark, ‘Circus in Australia’, Fusion: The Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Sydney: Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival Program, Aug 2000.

St Leon, Mark (ed.), ‘Circus in Australia: A special focus issue’, Australasian Drama Studies. No 35, Oct 1999.

St Leon, Mark, Spangles & Sawdust: The Circus in Australia, Richmond: Greenhouse Publications, 1983.

St Leon, Mark, The Australian Story, Melbourne: Melbourne Books, 2011.

St Leon, Mark, Circus Dreams: Australian Themes, Saarbruecken: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Aktiengesellschaft & Co., 2008.

St Leon, Mark, ‘The circus in the context of Australia’s regional, social and cultural history’, Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Vol. 72, Pt. 3, Dec 1986, pp. 204-25.

St Leon, Mark, ‘Colleano, Con [Cornelius] (1899–1973)’, in John Ritchie, (gen. ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 13: 1940–1980, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1993, pp. 467–68.

St Leon, Mark, The Wizard of the Wire: The Story of Con Colleano, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra,1993.

St Leon, Mark, ‘Von der Mehden, virtuoso cornetist, composer and circus musician: a short biography’, 39th Annual NSW School Band Festival Program, Jul 2000, pp. 48-51.

St Leon, Mark, ‘Wirth, May Emmeline (1894–1978)’, in John Ritchie, (gen. ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 12: 1891–1939, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1990, p. 544.

St Leon, Mark, ‘The St Leons: Australia’s first family of entertainers’, Australian Heritage, Spring, 2009, pp. 12-15.

St Leon, Mark, The Silver Road: The Life of Mervyn King, Circus Man, Springwood, NSW: Butterfly Books Pty Limited, 1990.

St Leon, Mark, ‘An unbelievable Lady Bareback Rider: May Wirth’, Bandwagon: The Journal of the Circus Historical Society, Inc., Vol. 34, No. 3, May-Jun 1990, pp. 4ff.

St Leon, Mark [with Cummings, Lorne], ‘Juggling the books: The use of accounting information in circus in Australia’, Accounting History, Vol. 14, No. 1 & 2, Feb-May 2009, pp. 11-34.

St Leon, Mark, ‘Adopted apprentices: Juvenile recruitment in Australian circus, 1847-1942’, Labour History, No. 110, May 2016, pp. 97-124.

St Leon, Mark, ‘Australia’s circus children’, Inside History, Jul-Aug 2011, pp. 52-5.

St Leon, Mark [with Ramsland, John], Children of the Circus: The Australian Experience, Springwood, NSW: Butterfly Books Pty Limited, 1993.

St Leon, Mark, ‘Circus or bust’, Lowdown: Youth Performing Arts in Australia, Vol. 9, No. 4, Aug 1987, pp. 47–55.

St Leon, Mark, ‘Was your ancestor in the circus?’ Descent: The Journal of the Society of Australian Genealogists, Vol. 17, Pt. 2, Jun 1985, pp. 71-80.

St Leon, Mark, ‘Celebrated at first, then implied and finally denied: the erosion of Aboriginal identity in circus, 1851–1960’, Aboriginal History, No. 32, 2008, pp. 63-81.

St Leon, Mark, ‘Australian circus language: A report on the nature, origin and circumstances of Aussie argot under the big top’, English Today, Jan 1994.

St Leon, Mark, ‘Long voyages and muscular vigour: Maritime themes in Australia’s circus history’, The Great Circle: Journal of the Australian Association of Maritime History, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2009, pp. 30-58.

St Leon, Mark, ‘Novel routes: Circus in the Pacific, 1841-1911’, Popular Entertainment Studies, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2014, pp. 24-47.

St Leon, Mark, ‘Dying to save the colours: Military themes in Australia’s circus history’, Sabretache: The Journal and Proceedings of The Military Historical Society of Australia, Vol. LI, No. 1, Mar 2010.

St Leon, Mark, Australian Circus Reminiscences, Sydney: The Author, 1984.

St Leon, Mark, Australian Circus Sources, Sydney: The Author, Sydney, 1985.

St Leon, Mark, The Circus in Australia, 1842–1921, Sydney: The Author, 1981.

St Leon, Mark, ‘Circus activity in South Australia, 1850-1977’, Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia, No. 36, Nov 2008, pp. 24-43.

St Leon, Mark, ‘Circus in the Far North, 1877-1987’, Journal of Northern Territory History, No. 22, 2011.

St Leon, Mark, ‘Horseman or no horseman: Circus activity in Van Diemen’s Land, 1847-51’, Paper & Proceedings: Tasmanian Historical Research Association, Vol. 55, No. 2, Jul 2008, pp. 86-107.

St Leon, Mark, ‘Circus at the Eureka Stockade’, Stage Whispers, Vol. 17, No.3, May-Jun, 2008, pp. 22-23.

St Leon, Mark, ‘Olympians of the Antipodes: Sport and Australian circus, 1833-2000’, Sporting Traditions, Vol. 25, No. 2, Nov 2008, pp. 21-40.

St Leon, Mark, ‘Circus’, in Sydney Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1, Dec 2010.

St Leon, Mark, ‘Circus in Sydney: Some forgotten sites’, History: Magazine of the Royal Australian Historical Society, No. 113, Sep 2012, pp. 22-5.