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Working Timeline for Wellingtons first Lion

Working Timeline for Wellingtons first Lion

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Published by Storm Gerome
A working Time Line of Wellington's first Zoo Lion 'King Dick' presented to the City by Bostock & Wombwell's Circus & Menagerie in 1906 as a year old cub. King Dick became the reason behind the establishment of New Zealand's National Zoo located in Wellington. This document is on going and will be revised as information is added.
A working Time Line of Wellington's first Zoo Lion 'King Dick' presented to the City by Bostock & Wombwell's Circus & Menagerie in 1906 as a year old cub. King Dick became the reason behind the establishment of New Zealand's National Zoo located in Wellington. This document is on going and will be revised as information is added.

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Working Timeline for ‘King Dick’ Wellington’s First Zoo Lion
Compiled & Researched b Li! Clark Febr"ar #$%%http''madb"shfarm(blogspot(com'
%)$*+irth of King Dick in +ostock & Womb,ell’s Circ"s & -enagerie #. Febr"ar %)$*
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( Fathered b ‘Wallace’ possibl o"t of the Lioness ‘/ictoria’ ,ho ,as "sed for the breeding of c"bs in the menagerie( /ictoria ,as sold at a"ction in %)$0 in 1"stralia 2see notes at the end of this doc"ment3 Wallace failed to sell he ,as described as an 1frican Lion 4 he ,as also noted as attacking his trainer in 5aris( 2see notes at the end of this doc"ment3%)$0
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67ening 5ost 1rticle ) 1pril %)$0Report of a meeting to be held at the Wellington 5"blic Librar to establish a !oo( Captain Frank Talor of +ostock & Womb,ells Circ"s & -engarie
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offeredthe gift of a % ear old Lion to the cit if a !oological garden ,as established(
 Interest in the meeting which is to be held in the Public Library, Newtown tomorrow evening in favour of the establishing of zoological gardens has been increased by a  statement by Captain Frank aylor, !anaging "irector of #ostock $ %ombwell&s Circus and !enagerie, has e'pressed his willingness to present a one year old lion to the city if the zoological gardens are established( he general public is invited to attend the meeting tomorrow night( he proposal is to get a proportion of Newtown  Park set aside as a zoo, and it is thought that a museum might be combined with the  gardens, especially as !r Petherick has already promised his valuable collection as anucleus of a museum() *vening Post + pril -+./ 
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Taranaki ?erald ) 1pril %)$01rticle ?eadlined ‘1 W6LL>@ATB@ ZBB’ Wellington 1pril . The proposers of a Zoological Aarden here ha7e recei7ed the offer of a ear old lionhttp''paperspast(natlib(go7t(n!'cgi8bin'paperspast9a:d&cl:search&d:T?%)$0$;$)(#(00&srpos:%&e:8888888%$$88%8888$lion=,ellington=!oo81RT>CL68 67ening 5ost 1rticle %% 1pril %)$0Report on a meeting at @e,to,n b residents to propose a Zoological Aarden be establishedhttp''paperspast(natlib(go7t(n!'cgi8bin'paperspast9a:d&cl:search&d:65%)$0$;%%(#($&srpos:%*&e:88%)$*888%)$088%$$88%8888$lion=,ellington=!oo81RT>CL6867ening 5ost 1rticle %; 1pril %)$0‘1 @ational Zoo’http''paperspast(natlib(go7t(n!'cgi8bin'paperspast9a:d&cl:search&d:65%)$0$;%;(#(#.&srpos:%%&e:88%)$*888%)$088%$$88%8888$lion=,ellington=!oo81RT>CL6867ening 5ost 1rticle #% 1pril %)$01rticle ‘Co"ncil accepts the Lion Wellington Cit Co"ncil accepts the offer of the gift of a o"ng lion( Disc"ssion of co"ncillors reported in this articlehttp''paperspast(natlib(go7t(n!'cgi8bin'paperspast9a:d&cl:search&d:65%)$0$;#%(#(0%&srpos:0<&e:8888888%$$88%8888$lion=,ellington=!oo81RT>CL68Wangan"i Chronicle #0 1pril %)$0 1rticle1 !oo for Wellington reported that the Wellington Cit Co"ncil decided to acceptthe offer of the o"ng lion(http''paperspast(natlib(go7t(n!'cgi8bin'paperspast9a:d&cl:search&d:WC%)$0$;#%(#(#&srpos:%#&e:8888888%$$88%8888$lion=,ellington=!oo81RT>CL68
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-arlboro"gh 6press 0 E"ne %)$01rticle reporting the lion ,as on its ,a from @e, 5lmo"th from +ostock & Womb,ell’s Circ"s & -enagerie in the charge of the go7ernment meteorologist Re7 D( C( +ates
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http''paperspast(natlib(go7t(n!'cgi8bin'paperspast9a:d&cl:search&d:-6G%)$0$0$0(#(;%&srpos:*;&e:88%)$*888%)$088%$$88%8888$lion=ne,to,n81RT>CL6867ening 5ost Letter to the editor ) E"ne %)$0‘B"r Holitar Lion’ letter concerning the lion being on its o,n at @e,to,n 5ark >t ,as s"ggested that a dog sho"ld be p"t in ,ith the lion for compan b the ,riter(BIR HBL>T1RJ L>B@ 8 1 HIAA6HT>B@2Letter to the editor3
0ir ) 1n looking at the half grown lion at Newtown Park, I noticed he was trying to  play with his feed tin, and seemed moping for want of a mate, after coming from a circus, where he had plenty of company( I think the poor beast will mope and pine away in such solitary confinement as he is  sub2ected to( In some 3oological gardens and circuses in the 1ld Country I have occasionally seen a dog put in with a baby lion, such as the one in Newtown Park, for a mate with the result that the lion &chummed up& with the dog, and they became fast friends and  playmates( s the City Council always has a number of stray dogs on its hands, which the officials either sell for a song or destroy, I would suggest they select an amiable dog of fair size 4not a poodle that the lion would kill if he stroked it with his paw5, and  place it in with the lion, and give him a chance to make friends if he will(  grating could be placed across the centre of the cage first to let the lion and the dog become ac6uainted or introduced, and removed if the lion appeared friendly or inclined to play( *ven if the lion did kill and eat the dog, the latter would be no loss, as anyway he would have been killed by the council, and it would be a much more noble death for the dog to be killed by the king of beasts than to be smothered by the council  I am etc ) Leo4bridged5
Evening Post - 9 June 1906
http''paperspast(natlib(go7t(n!'cgi8bin'paperspast9a:d&cl:search&d:65%)$0$0$)(#(00&srpos:0&e:8888888%$$88%8888$lion=,ellington=!oo81RT>CL68Are Ri7er 1rg"s 1rticle %% E"ne %)$0-entions the Lion being installed in an enclos"re at @e,to,n 5ark b the lake(
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