Taronga Zoo opening invitation, Oct 7 1916

Darragh Christie, 7 October 2020 · #

The 7th of October 1916 is Taronga Zoo’s birthday. It was timely that I happened a scanned copy of the opening invitation in the Trace image archive:

These colour images complement a scanned document I discovered at the National Archives:

Sarah Laing’s letter asking after her son (AWM R149302)

The Zoo has been closed to the public only twice in it’s 100 year history. The first time was to house strike breakers ; the second was during the recent Pandemic.

A humorous poem aimed at the strike-breakers was published at the time it can be read in the post Taronga Zoo’s ‘New Exhibits.’

Opening of Taronga Zoo, 7 October 1916