Ellen Burdett Sanger Coleman

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Ellen Burdett Sanger Coleman
Profession circus animal trainer
Personal details
Born 1878

Spouse(s) Harry Austin

Country United Kingdom

Title animal trainer -
Location at Circus Sanger in United Kingdom

Biography details

Ellen Burdett Sanger Coleman , circus animal trainer in United Kingdom

Born 1878 dead 1969 , daughter of animal trainer Alexander Coleman and animal trainer Laurina Coleman .

Ellen, who in 1898 was described as a tight rope walker and equestrienne, also used the name Topsy Sanger professionally. She died, aged 90, in 1969.

Ellen "Topsy" Coleman, married Harry Austin (c.1872-1919), the eldest son of George and Emma Austin (1838-1900). Ellen and Harry were both equestrians, Harry and Ellen stayed with Sanger Circus for many years and performed by Royal command at Balmoral in 1898.

Ellen was a High School rider, while Harry was a trick rider, part of the "Brothers Austin" troupe. George and Harry Austin brothers performed with "Lord" George Sangers Circus, standing on the backs of a pair of horses.

Ellen and Harry had four children; Olive, Cissie (d.1977)(June’s mother), Florence (Florrie) and a boy.


Total: 1 children

  1. Born: ?. Cissie Austin


Siblings through the father Alexander Coleman (? -- ):

  1. Georgina Coleman Born 1875

Ellen Burdett Sanger Coleman s ancestral Ahnentafel:


Ellen Burdett Sanger Coleman
Born: 1878

Alexander Coleman

Born: ?

Paternal Grandfather:

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Paternal Grandmother:

Paternal Great-grandfather::
Paternal Great-grandmother:

Laurina Sanger

Born: "1852

Maternal Grandfather:
George Sanger

Born: 1827-12-23
Maternal Great-grandfather:
James Sanger
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Sarah Elliott
Maternal Grandmother:
Ellen Chapman

Born: 1832
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Henry Chapman
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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). animal trainer Ellen Burdett Sanger Coleman in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 12 June 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=2538. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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