Laurina Coleman

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Laurina Coleman
Profession circus animal trainer
Personal details
Born "1852 in United Kingdom
Dead 1882-10-14 in United Kingdom

Spouse(s) 1874 Alexander Coleman

Country United Kingdom

Title animal trainer -
Location at Circus Sanger in United Kingdom

Biography details

Laurina Sanger , circus animal trainer in United Kingdom

Born "1852 in United Kingdom dead 1882-10-14 in United Kingdom , daughter of director George Sanger and animal trainer Nellie Chapman .

Born in 1852 at Cheadle in Staffordshire, Laurina Sanger was the daughter of the great circus entrepreneur "Lord" George Sanger by his wife Ellen (‘Nellie’) née Chapman, a lion tamer known professionally as ‘The Lady of Lions’ and ‘Madame Pauline de Vere.’

By an early age Laurina has joined her parents in the circus ring, finding fame as a trick rider under the professional name 'Topsy' Sanger

In 1874 Laurina married Alexander Coleman, an equestrian clown known professionally as "Sandy the Clown. The marriage produced three children, Alexander ‘Little Sandy’ George Sanger Coleman, born in 1876; Ellen Burdett Sanger Coleman, born in 1878; and Georgina Sanger Coleman, born in 1880.

Laurina ‘Topsy’ Sanger died on 14 October 1882, aged only 30, at Sanger’s Theatre on Westminster Bridge Road, South London.


Total: 2 children

  1. Born: 1875. Georgina Sanger Coleman
  2. Born: 1878. Dead: † 1969 Ellen Burdett Sanger Coleman


Siblings through the father George Sanger (1827-12-23 -- ):

  1. Sarah Sanger Born 1854-06-05 Dead: † 1929-04-02

Laurina Coleman s ancestral Ahnentafel:


Laurina Coleman
Born: "1852

George Sanger

Born: 1827-12-23

Paternal Grandfather:
James Sanger

Born: about 1780
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Paternal Grandmother:
Sarah Elliott

Born: about 1780
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Ellen Chapman

Born: 1832

Maternal Grandfather:
Henry Chapman

Born: 1803
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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). animal trainer Laurina Sanger in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 February 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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Categories animal trainer | circus | Circus Sanger | Sanger family | Born "185 | Dead 1882 | People from United Kingdom

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