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2012/104/1 Archive of Wirths' Circus, used by the Wirths' Circus family, made in Australia / UK / New Zealand / South Africa / USA / Brazil / Java / Singapore / France / Germany / Switzerland / Denmark / Sweden / Netherlands, 1879-1970. Click to enlarge.

Wirths' Circus archive

  • 1879-1970
This archive is a rich source of detailed information about Wirths' Circus, the Wirth family, other circuses and Australian circus history. It contains many previously unseen documents and photographs.

Some of the notable items are:
vintage large photographs that hung on the walls of the Wirth home at Coogee;
early photographs of Wirths' Circus, family members and performers, including cabinet cards and cartes de visite, most previously unpublished;
an album containing early photographs of …

Summary

Object No.

2012/104/1

Object Statement

Archive of Wirths' Circus, used by the Wirths' Circus family, made in Australia / UK / New Zealand / South Africa / USA / Brazil / Java / Singapore / France / Germany / Switzerland / Denmark / Sweden / Netherlands, 1879-1970

Physical Description

Archive from the Wirths' Circus family, comprising the following series:
Framed photographs
Large or mounted photographs
Loose smaller photographs
Photograph albums
Scrapbooks
Diaries
Drawings
Architectural drawings
Posters and handbills
Documents (including contracts, letters, receipts, stationery)
Invitations and menus
Sheet music
Greeting cards
Business cards
Travel documents and associated ephemera
Programs (sheets, leaflets and booklets) produced by Wirths' Circus
Programs (booklets and leaflets) and ephemera produced by other organisations
Magazines
Books and manuscripts
Newspaper clippings (in folders and loose)
Cash books
Tickets and associated ephemera
Painting

Production

Notes

Archival items produced by Wirths' Circus, the Wirth family and other sources. Compiled by the Wirth family.

History

Notes

Used by Wirths' Circus and/or members of the Wirth family. Kept by Marizles ('Rill') Wirth, the youngest child of Philip Wirth, until her death in 2007. Donated to the Powerhouse Museum by her nieces Margaret and Georgina Wirth.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of the Wirth family, 2012

Acquisition Date

3 September 2012

Cite this Object

Harvard

Wirths' Circus archive 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 September 2021, <https://ma.as/442987>

Wikipedia

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