Circus: the Australian story

Mark St Leon

Research output: Book/ReportBookpeer-review


Mark St Leon presents a comprehensive, entertaining and visually stunning history of circus in Australia. His interest was sparked by his insatiable curiosity about his own family's celebrated past in Australian circus. You will read how a colonial circus industry developed out of its Old World roots; how the saga of circus is woven into the historical fabric of modern Australia; how circus in Australia absorbed influences from as far afield as America, Japan and Europe; how Australia has been visited by some of the world's major circus companies; and how Australia's circus people have coped with unrelenting social, cultural, technological and economic change.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherMelbourne Books
Number of pages273
ISBN (Print)9781877096501
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Circus--Australia--History
  • Circus--Australia


Dive into the research topics of 'Circus: the Australian story'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this