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Madge Seymour interviewed by Mark St Leon in Mark St Leon circus collection (1985-1988) [sound recording]
Bib ID 558594
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Seymour, Madge, 1902-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Open for research; written permission required from interviewer for personal copies and public use. 
Description 1988 July 17 
2 sound cassettes (ca. 142 min.) : 1 7/8 ips. 
Series

Mark St Leon circus collection (1985-1988)

Summary

Seymour describes her family circus background; early work with Perry's, Sole's; Seymour's Circus; transport; illegally adopted brother; management; St Leon's; Barton's financial difficulties during Depression; dance band drumming; other early circuses incl. Colleano's; starting up circuses; education; being dark-skinned; racism; performing at shearing sheds; rescue at Oakey mine, Qld.; mixing with locals; circus language; religion; Mo Aarons; Dummy Perry; Colleano's members; Goanna Salve; Golda Honey; St Leon's history; musicians; De Vere's; Antonio's performing dogs & monkeys; Zinga's; May Wirth; giving children away to circus; Charlie Eroni; women foregoing marriage to remain with circus; Phillip Eddie; circus matriachs; Darling River shipwreck; practical jokes; Wirths' history; Senorita Phillipina; Mahomets; Mackies; Hylands; settling in Charleville, Qld.; advertising; agents; motorised circuses; Decenoski; Kodama's; Charlie Miller; Boddy West; Trevor's; dental act; Denner's; circus names; decision to close Seymour's, 1916; conscription; FitzGerald's; her father's professional boxing match with Jimmy Governor; crossing flooded Sandy Tait River, Qld.; meeting Aborigines, Cooktown, Qld.

Biography/History

Madge Seymour performed with Seymour's Family Circus up to WW1.

Notes

Recorded at Greenslopes, Qld. on 17 July 1988.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Transcript available (typescript, 99 leaves) 
Subjects Seymour, Madge, 1902- -- Interviews.  |  Seymour's Family Circus -- History.  |  Circus performers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Circus -- Australia -- History.
Other authors/contributors St. Leon, Mark, 1952-, Interviewer

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