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Circus: Roll up, Roll up! Exhibition

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by Jennifer L (subscribe)
I am a keen traveller. Currently rediscovering my own backyard and the rest of Australia. I enjoy nature, history and the quirkiness of what the world has to offer.
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Leave your clown shoes at home
The National Library of Australia in Canberra never fails to disappoint me with their free exhibitions of a slice of Australian life and culture. One visit I saw was Australian children's literature this time I've gone to the circus.

Many of us have driven past a circus tent that wasn't there yesterday and will be gone in a week. The National Library of Australia in Canberra has an exhibition Circus: Roll up, Roll up! curated by Karen Schamberger from 14 December 2021 to 19 June 2022.

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Bulleens' 6 part poster


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National Library of Australia


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Perry Brothers


=access_type:%22NLA%20digital%20material%22]Vivian James Carter amassed a collection of 20th century circus industry documents. Circus: Roll up, Roll up! features just a small selection from the Vivian James Carter Collection. As I wandered through the exhibit, memories came back of going to the circus in grade 2 and then a few weeks later we all had to put on a performance of something we saw at the circus. Me, I had my toy dogs doing tricks. For others, they were trapeze artists and a couple of strong men. As an adult, the memory was taking my niece to the Flying Fruit Fly Circus. Whatever your memory maybe take some time and look at the unique posters, memorabilia and images.

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Vivian James Carter


Vivian James Carter
Visiting international circus


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Animal free circus


For more information, visit the National Library of Australia and =access_type:%22NLA%20digital%20material%22]Vivian James Carter Collection .
Circus: Roll up, Roll up! is a free exhibition and is on from 14 December 2021 to 19 June 2022 between the hours of 9:00am 05:00pm in the Treasures Gallery, National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra ACT. Telephone (02) 6262 1111

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2010 poster

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Why? Sensational circus memorabilia
When: from14 December 2021 to 19 June 2022, 9:00am 05:00pm
Phone: (02) 6262 1111
Where: Treasures Gallery, National Library of Australia,
Cost: Free
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What a great historical collection of an unusual but signifcant topic.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|5333) 152 days ago
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