Database of Australian show routes

Database of Australian show routes

The Penny Gaff presents below a list of 10,000 days and dates that document the visits of circus and other travelling shows, mostly throughout Australasia, in the period 1833-1969.

Use the filters provided to narrow down your search to a date, location or show of particular interest. Consult the pdf at the bottom of the page for further information about this unique database.

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wdt_ID Day Month Year Location Region Details Genre Origin Source
1 16 Dec 1833 Sydney NSW Croft, Mr, tightrope dancer, at Theatre Royal B 1 SMH
2 5 Mar 1835 Parramatta NSW Tightrope dancing & c., at Governor's Arms, Windsor Road B 1 SMH
3 9 Apr 1835 Sydney NSW Tonson, Monsieur, at Theatre Royal B 2 SMH
4 26 Jun 1837 Sydney NSW Quinn, Master, tightrope dancing, at Theatre Royal B 1 SMH
5 31 May 1841 Launceston TAS Courtier, Mr Powell, The Celebrated Necromancer & Fire King J 2 CCh
6 13 Aug 1841 Hobart TAS Galt, Mr, slack rope artist, at Royal Victoria Theatre B 2 M
7 13 Aug 1841 Sydney NSW Dalle Case, Signor, & Gymnastic Co, at Royal Victoria Theatre B 5 SMH
8 30 Aug 1841 Hobart TAS Courtier, Powell, Fire King & Necromancer, at Royal Victoria Theatre J 2 M
9 9 Nov 1841 Sydney NSW King, Mr, leaper, at Royal Victoria Theatre B 2 SMH
10 27 Dec 1841 Sydney NSW Dalle Case's entertainments, in Lower Saloon, Royal Hotel B 5 SMH
11 9 Feb 1842 Sydney NSW Hughes, Croft & Martinnear B 1 SMH
12 19 May 1842 Sydney NSW Dalle Case's 'Brazilian girls', benefit performance B 10 SMH
13 31 Oct 1842 Adelaide SA Moorehouse’s, Mr, illustrated lecture on Comparative Anatomy K 1 SAA
14 14 Nov 1842 Hobart TAS Dalle Case, Signor, & Foreign Gymnastic Co, at Royal Victoria Theatre B 5 M
15 1 Dec 1842 Hong Kong CHI Dutronquoy & Company U 5 FCHKG
16 16 Dec 1842 Hobart TAS Dalle Case, Signor, & Foreign Gymnastic Co, at Albert Theatre B 5 M
17 27 Feb 1843 Launceston TAS Dalle Case, Signor, & Foreign Gymnastic Co B 5 CCh
18 11 Mar 1843 Launceston TAS Maladroit, Ducrow & Carlo, Messrs, at Theatre Royal Olympic B 2 CCh
19 22 Apr 1843 Launceston TAS Band of 99th Regiment, to play in Barrack Square R 2 CCh
20 5 Aug 1843 Launceston TAS Knowles, Montague & Cameron, The Mrs, at Olympic Theatre Z 2 CCh
21 14 Aug 1843 Sydney NSW Equestrian drama, at Royal Victoria Theatre B 1 SMH
22 16 Sep 1844 Hong Kong CHI Dalle Case, Signor, recently arrived from India B 5 FCHKG
23 26 Feb 1845 Launceston TAS Rea's, Professor, Balloon Ascent E 1 CCh
24 1 Oct 1845 Melbourne VIC Laurent's, M., slack rope performances B 5 Arg
25 22 Dec 1845 Sydney NSW Hughes and Croft, at Grand Christmas Gala, Rushcutter's Bay B 1 SMH
26 28 Feb 1846 Launceston TAS Courtier's, Mr Powell, entertainments, at Royal Olympic Theatre J 2 CCh
27 6 May 1846 Launceston TAS Risley, Monsieur & Sable Brethren, at Royal Olympic Theatre U 3 CCh
28 27 Jun 1846 Launceston TAS Courtier's, Mr Powell, benefit performance J 2 CCh
29 15 Jul 1846 Launceston TAS Hengler, Mons, celebrated tightrope dancer B 1 CCh
30 16 Jan 1847 Sydney NSW Merry-go-round S 1 SMH
31 28 Jan 1847 Port Phillip NSW Courtier, Mr Powell J 2 PPH
32 20 Apr 1847 Adelaide SA Hall & Plush’s, Messrs, dissolving views G 1 SAA
33 24 Apr 1847 Brisbane QLD Croft's, George, Amphitheatre A 1 MBC
34 15 Nov 1847 Launceston TAS American rope dancer B 1 CCh
35 27 Dec 1847 Launceston TAS Radford's Royal Circus A 1 CCh
36 17 Jan 1848 Adelaide SA Kesterton's, H., dissolving views, illustrated lecture & chromatrope G 1 SAA
37 30 Mar 1848 Hobart TAS Radford's Royal Amphitheatre A 1 M
38 24 May 1848 Launceston TAS Radford's Royal Amphitheatre A 1 CCh
39 11 Jun 1848 Sydney NSW Croft's tightrope performance at Royal City Theatre, postponed B 1 SMH
40 15 Jul 1848 Darlinghurst NSW Crofts', Mons & Mdme, tightrope dancing, in front of H.M. Gaol B 1 SMH
41 18 Jul 1848 Melbourne VIC Ammott, Mr, entertainer, at Mechanic's Institute V 2 Arg
42 2 Dec 1848 Goulburn NSW Rammo Sammo, Indian juggler B 2 GH
43 6 Dec 1848 Hobart TAS Ashton's appearance at Radford's B 1 M
44 26 Dec 1848 Launceston TAS Radford's Royal Amphitheatre A 1 CCh
45 1 May 1849 Melbourne VIC Hayes', Thomas Henry, circus A 1 Arg
46 4 May 1849 Melbourne VIC Quinn, John, walks tightrope across Yarra River B 1 Arg
47 21 Jul 1849 Sydney NSW Quinn's, John, benefit, at City Theatre B 1 SMH
48 1 Sep 1849 Windsor NSW Quinn, John, walks rope over Hawkesbury River, at Windsor punt B 1 BLS
49 22 Sep 1849 Maitland NSW Quinn, John, walks rope over Hunter River, opposite Fitzroy Hotel B 1 MM
50 13 Oct 1849 Melbourne VIC Ethiopian Serenaders, at Queen's Theatre Royal U 2 Arg
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