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Digital Photograph - Holden Brothers Circus, Man in 'Cowboy' Hat Spinning a Lasso in Showground, Royal Melbourne Show Ground, Ascot Vale, circa 1910 Image Reg. No: MM 111161

Description Of Content:
A man in a 'cow-boy' hat spinning a lasso in Showgrounds, with a roofed audience 'grand-stand' behind him. The photograph is hand-tinted.

This photograph shows Ernie Holden, rope spinning at the Royal Show Grounds, Ascot Vale, circa 1910. His daughter Melba Ryan remembers: 'At Show time, Ernie was always engaged to perform in the main arena. Living in Kensington, it was only walking distance to the Show Grounds. Ernest Holden's show name was 'Ernie Gordon'. A well-known South African group of flyers came over to Australia, called the Flying Jordons. Ernest liked the name and changed it slightly.'
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Mr Dennis Ryan, 2006
Contributed by Mr Dennis Ryan
Discipline: History

More information

Tagged with: holden brothers circus, circuses
Themes this item is part of: Holden Brothers Circus, Leisure Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Melbourne's Biggest Family Album Collection
Primary Classification: RECREATION & TOURISM
Secondary Classification: Performing Arts - Circuses
Tertiary Classification: performers
People Depicted: Holden, Ernie
Organisations Depicted: Holden Brothers Circus; Melbourne Showgrounds
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff
Place & Date Depicted: Ascot Vale, Victoria, Australia, 1920s

Source of Date Depicted: Contributor's mother's estimate.
Photographer: Mrs Doris Holden

Professional photographer.
Organisation Depicted: Holden Brothers Circus, Ascot Vale, Victoria, Australia, circa 1910


Greg Schirmer Posted on 10 May 2010 7:20 PM
My Grandfather, Harry Mackenzie was one of the three Flying Gordons

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