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The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - (Source: Ian Mathe­son City Archives)

When the Cir­cus Came to Palmer­ston North

An­dre Zentveld, on left, helps to un­load a Wirth’s Cir­cus ele­phant at the Rail­way Sta­tion in Main Street. Wirth’s Cir­cus, an Aus­tralian com­pany, reg­u­larly toured New Zealand and had even toured Amer­ica. Founded around 1880, Wirth’s was one of the world’s great cir­cuses. The ele­phant in this pic­ture is thought to be ei­ther Alive (d. 1956) or Jewel (d. 1966). Manawatu¯ Her­itage has thou­sands of pho­to­graphs like this one that shows the best of your re­gion’s his­tory! Ex­plore, share and con­trib­ute to­day at man­awatuher­

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