Elephants at private locations in Australia

3 private locations has kept elephants in Australia
There is presently 0 (0,0) living elephants in private locations in Australia (in this database)

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Location holdings:

3 private locations has kept 1 elephants in Australia

(Database tables with collection of elephants further down on the page)

Elephants in private locations0 (0,0) living1 (1,0) dead
Sex ratio and
 Male  0 / 0  0%
 Female  0 / 0  0%
 Free contact  0 / 0  0%
 Protected contact  0 / 0  0%
 No contact  0 / 0  0%
 Unknown contact  0 / 0  0%
 wild  0 / 0  0%

The first importation of elephants into Australia appears to be in late 1851 when a male and female elephant from Dacca, India were shipped from Calcutta on board the ship Golden Saxon. She came into port at Hobart. The male elephant was sold at auction, and was exhibited around various hotels in Hobart before he was shipped to Melbourne, before ending up in Adelaide where he ended up pulling a plow. The elephant was named "Tommy" It appears he died around 1860, however I still have to confirm a definite death date on this animal.
Liz Clark

Theres a large selection of photos of elephants in Australia at State Library of New South Wales

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan, Facts about elephants in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, (2021) available online retrieved at https://www.elephant.se/country.php?name=Australia.
(archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources, among others

Internal relevant links

  • The elephant database startpage. Statistics
  • News about elephants in Australia (From the sister site Elephant News)

  • External relevant links

    NameElephant collectionTypePlaceDistrictProvinceStateRegion
    Gepps Cross Hotel (Mr Matthews)
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathsprivateAdelaide
    South Australia
    Mr J. Thomas
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivate
    Smiths Hotel
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivateSmithfield
    South Australia

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