Philip Wirth

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Philip Wirth
Philip  Wirth

Personal details

Spouse(s) 1929 - 1937 Alice Willis

Country Australia

Title owner 1882-1937
Location at Wirth Circus in Australia

Title artist 1879-1881
Location at Ashtons Circus in Australia

Biography details

Philip Peter Jacob Wirth , circus director in Australia

Born 1864-06-29 in Australia dead 1937-08-29 in Australia , son of artist John Wirth and other Sarah Phillips .

About 1881 the brothers joined Ashton's Circus as Wirth's Tourist Band. Next year they set up their own troupe, Wirths Circus.

The deaths of John junior in 1894 and Harry in 1895 left control to Philip and George, and their sister Marizles.

Philip married Sarah Jane Hodgson (d.1929) at St Marys Church, Parnell, Auckland.

Philip was a Freemason and a member of the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales. On 5 March 1929 he married Alice Maud Willis at St Aidan's Church, Berrigan, New South Wales.

They had six children: Eileen, Doris, Madelaine, Phillip, George and Marizles, the youngest.

Eileen had the elephants, Doris the statues and the Golden Horse, Madelaine the lions and the bears, and Philip the monkeys and the dogs. Marizles, being "rather a shy person", according to her cousin Clive Whitrow, decided her future lay in administration.

Survived by his wife, their five daughters and two sons, and by a daughter of his first marriage, he died at his Coogee home on 29 August 1937 and was buried in the Anglican section of North Adelaide cemetery.


Total: 6 children

  1. Madelaine Wirth. Born: ?.
  2. Eileen Wirth. Born: ?.
  3. Doris Wirth. Born: ?.
  4. Phillip Wirth. Born: ?.
  5. George Wirth. Born: ?.
  6. Marizles Wirth. Born: ?. Dead: † ?


Siblings through the father John Wirth (1834 -- 1880):

  1. John Wirth Dead: † 1894
  2. Harry Wirth Dead: † 1895
  3. George Wirth Born 1867 Dead: † 1941
  4. Marizles Wirth Born 1875? Dead: † 1963?
  5. Edith Wirth
  6. May Wirth

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Born: 1834

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Sarah Phillips


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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). director Philip Peter Jacob Wirth in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 June 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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