Bullen's Circus, Australia
, was founded in 1920. Bullen's Circus closed down in 1969.
Five elephants were imported in this batch, one was recorded as dead on arrival and the remaining four toured Australia and New Zealand for many years with Bullens Circus. Burma was sent to Taronga Zoo
on "loan" after she flogged Mark Bullen
on the circus' return from New Zealand in 1982. The remaining 3 - Sabu, Siam and Bimbo remained with Bullen\'s Circus until it folded and then spent much time at various Bullen parks and on hire to other circuses.
When i first joined Bullens they had Alice, Jumbo, Peggy, Betty, Sue, Jenny, Zara, Bimbo, Sabu, Birma, Siam, Minyak, Dolly. Before that i know they had: Baby Betty ,
Mollie, Sally ,
Kassala, Mandy, Ghandi, and Topsy. Topsy came from Goldwyns circus.
Bullens had 11 elephants: 1. Jumbo, 2. Alice, 3. Betty, 4. Sue, 5. Peggy, 6. Jenny, 7. Zara, 8. Bimbo, 9. Sabu, 10. Birma, 11. Siam. They had 11 elephants on tour, then they returned to Australia and after a season in Wentworth Park Sydney they took Betty to Taronga Park and had her put down, that left 10 elephants. Then a year or so later Greg Bullen
who had Pagels Circus, folded his show and bought his two elephants Minyak and Dolly to the big Bullen show ,
that gave us 12 elephants ,
then not long after that Alice died at Box hill ,
and we were down one elephant, to 11. When i resigned several years later they had 11 elephants, a year after that they contacted me and asked me to see if i could help get a buyer for Minyak and Dolly. Soles got Minyak and Dolly from Bullens Herd
of 6 babies.
When Bullens Circus went off the "road" we had 7 elephants. Jumbo, Sue, Peggy, Bimbo, Sabu, Burma, Siam. Over a 12 month period Jumbo went to our African Lion Safari in Beenleigh Queensland. She spent the next 12-15 years there before returning to our home park Bullens Animal World at Wallacia New South Wales. Sue went to our African Lion Safari in Rockbank Victoria for about the same period of time, then returning back to the Animal World at Wallacia. Both lived out their remaining lives at Wallacia.