Digital Photograph - Holden Brothers Circus, Indigenous 'Buck Jumper' Riding Rearing Horse, 1900-1910 Image Reg. No: MM 111166

Description Of Content:
An Indigenous man riding a rearing horse by a wooden fence.

This photograph shows 'Combo' George, a Holden Brothers Circus show hand and horse handler, circa 1900 - 1910. Melba Ryan remembers: 'He is dressed as a buck-jumper, 'cowboy' inspired shirt and moleskins.' This photograph was taken circa 1910, well before Melba was born. She is not sure that he was a performer, but she is only going on stories she was told. ''Combo' was his nickname, because he did everything. You took whoever wanted to come along to the circus. Most circuses employed Aboriginal men at this time, it wouldn't have been unusual to have them working with you.' The location is unknown.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Mr Dennis Ryan, 2006
Discipline: History

More information

Tagged with: holden brothers circus
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: 'Combo' George
Organisations Depicted: Holden Brothers Circus
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff
Place & Date Depicted: Victoria, Australia, 1900-1910

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

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