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THE THYLACINE IN CAPTIVITY:
- ZOOS, CIRCUSES AND MENAGERIES -
TASMANIA (page 10)
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City Park Zoo [Launceston] (continued):

    McGowan is acknowledged as having successfully reared at least four thylacine families (1886, 1889, 1893 & 1898) in captivity, the females having been captured with young in their pouches.

    Much to William McGowan's regret, City Park never achieved the status of being an accredited zoo.  Today, all that remains of the former zoo is a modern monkey exhibit located to the left of the main entrance on Tamar Street.  No plaque exists to commemorate the zoo's historic past.

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Thylacines displayed at the City Park Zoo (1882 - 1925)
Source: Thylacine Museum
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N Date of arrival A/J/P/PY Sex Captured by Capture locality Sold / exchanged Date of death Ref FN
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1 (Jul) 1882 A ? Possibly Percy Tucker? Scottsdale? N/A (Sep) 1886 1
2 6/6/1885 A Unidentified young man Bridport Adelaide (15/6/1885) Madras Zoo (unknown) 2 1
3 6/6/1885 A Unidentified young man  Bridport Adelaide (15/6/1885) Adelaide
(23/9/1886)
3
4 (Nov / Dec) 1885 J F Evans & Hill South Downs, Arthur River Melbourne?
then London transit (A: 19/3/1886) for Paris (15/4/1886)
Paris (6/2/1891) 4
5 18/1/1886 J M Mr. Hill Montagu (Nov 1885) Melbourne?
then London transit (A: 19/3/1886) for Paris (15/4/1886)
Paris (27/3/1891) 5
6 29/6/1886 J M T. H. Cleary Bream Creek Adelaide (23/8/1886) ? 6
7 8/1886 A F Unknown captor Unknown locality ? ? 25
8 9/7/1886 A F Mr. Cooper Waterhouse Station Moore Park Zoo (Sydney)? Moore Park (Sep 1891?) 7
9 9/7/1886 PY Mr. Cooper Waterhouse Station Moore Park Zoo (Sydney)? Moore Park (Sep 1891?) 7
10 9/7/1886 PY Mr. Cooper Waterhouse Station Adelaide
(Oct-Dec 1886)?
Adelaide 7
11 9/7/1886 PY Mr. Cooper Waterhouse Station Adelaide
(Oct-Dec 1886)?
Adelaide 7
12 9/7/1886 PY Mr. Cooper Waterhouse Station Adelaide
(Nov 1887?)
Adelaide 7 2?
13 (Aug) 1886 A F Unknown captor Unknown locality Melbourne (Jun 1887) then London (A:28/4/1891) London (26/9/1891) 25
14 1887 A Unknown captor Unknown locality Adelaide (Nov 1887) Adelaide 9 2
15 (Apr) 1888 A M Mr. A. Cornish? Sand River? ? 10 3
16 (Jan) 1889 J M Unknown captor Unknown locality Adelaide (exchanged for leopards) Dispatched 2/5/1889 Adelaide
(between 8/1890 - 7/1891)
8
17 (Apr) 1889 J M Unknown captor Unknown locality Adelaide (exchanged for leopards) Dispatched 2/5/1889 Adelaide
(between 8/1890 - 7/1891)
8
18 11/7/1889 A M Unknown captor Unknown locality Killed by another male in enclosure Pre-13/7/1889 11
19 11/7/1889 A M Unknown captor Unknown locality Melbourne (Nov 1889) Melbourne (25/5/1901) 12
20 20/8/1889 A F Unknown captor Unknown locality Adelaide (Sep 1889) Adelaide (10/1892) 13
21 20/8/1889 PY Unknown captor Unknown locality Adelaide (Sep 1889) Adelaide
(Pre 13/9/1892)
13
22 20/8/1889 PY M Unknown captor Unknown locality Melbourne ? 13
23 20/8/1889 PY Unknown captor Unknown locality Melbourne?
(Mar 1892)
? 13
24 5/8/1892 A Mr. W. Davis Egmont (1/8/1892) (Aug 1892)? 14
25 4/8/1893 A F Mr. Pennyfather Ringarooma ? ? 15
26 4/8/1893 PY Mr. Pennyfather Ringarooma ? ? 15
27 4/8/1893 PY Mr. Pennyfather Ringarooma Melbourne? 15
28 4/8/1893 PY Mr. Pennyfather Ringarooma Melbourne? 15
29 (Jun) 1898 A M Unknown captor Western Tiers Adelaide (15/6/1898) Adelaide
 (Sep 1901)
25
30 19/9/1898 A F Mr. A. Cornish Stonehurst (10/9/1898) Adelaide
(Nov 1898)
Adelaide
(12/7/1901)
16
31 19/9/1898 PY Mr. A. Cornish Stonehurst (10/9/1898) Adelaide
(Nov 1898)
Adelaide
(26/1/1899)
16
32 19/9/1898 PY Mr. A. Cornish Stonehurst (10/9/1898) Adelaide
(Nov 1898)
Adelaide
(2/2/1899)
16
33 19/9/1898 PY Mr. A. Cornish Stonehurst (10/9/1898) Melbourne? (Sep) 1898 16
34 19/9/1898 PY Mr. A. Cornish Stonehurst (10/9/1898) Melbourne? (Sep) 1898 16
35 (Dec) 1898 A ? Unknown captor Western Tiers Melbourne Melbourne (May 1901) 25
36 (Jul) 1899 A F? Unknown captor Western Tiers Melbourne Melbourne (24/05/1901)? 25
37 11/3/1900 J Mr. Stevenson Williatt Estate, North Esk Moore Park (Mar 1900) Moore Park (Sep 1905) 17
38 1900 Mr. Simmons Unknown locality Moore Park [Rundle purchase] 
(June 1900?)
Moore Park 18
39 ? ? ? Unknown captor Unknown locality ? ? 25
40 (May) 1901 A ? Unknown captor Unknown locality N/A (Jun) 1901 25
41 (Jun) 1901 J F Unknown captor Unknown locality Melbourne Melbourne (Aug 1901) 25
42 (Jul) 1901 A M Unknown captor Unknown locality Adelaide Adelaide
 (Aug/Sep 1901)
25
43 (Sep) 1901? A Two unknown prospectors? Gordon River? ? ? 24
44 (Nov) 1901 A ? Unknown captor Unknown locality Melbourne Melbourne (Dec 1901) 25
45 ? ? ? Unknown captor Unknown locality ? ? 25
46 ? ? ? Unknown captor Unknown locality ? ? 25
47 (Apr) 1902 A F Hector "Monty" Turner  Cluan Dr. F. W. Goding (purchaser) for Washington (A: 3/9/1902) Washington
(4/11/1904)
25
48 (Apr) 1902 J F Hector "Monty" Turner  Cluan Dr. F. W. Goding (purchaser) for Washington (A: 3/9/1902) Washington
 (12/9/1902)
25
49 (Apr) 1902 J M Hector "Monty" Turner  Cluan Dr. F. W. Goding (purchaser) for Washington (A: 3/9/1902) Washington (10/1/1905) 25
50 (Apr) 1902 J F Hector "Monty" Turner  Cluan Dr. F. W. Goding (purchaser) for Washington (A: 3/9/1902) Washington (13/10/1909) 25
51 (Aug) 1902 J ? Unknown captor Unknown locality N/A (Aug) 1902 25
52 ? ? ? Unknown captor Unknown locality ? ? 25
53 (Apr) 1903 J ? Unknown captor Unknown locality ? ? 25
54 (Aug) 1903 A F Unknown captor Unknown locality Melbourne Melbourne (Jan 1905) 25
55 (Apr) 1904 J M Bill Dodery (sold to Bart) Kamona N/A (May) 1904 19
56 (Apr) 1904 M Purcell Brothers (sold to Bart) Kamona Melbourne? 19
57 (June?) 1904 A M Hector "Monty" Turner Cluan (in May) Dr. F. W. Goding (purchaser) for Washington (A: 5/7/1904) Washington (3/10/1909) 20
58 1906 J J. R. Robinson New River N/A 21
59 1906 J J. R. Robinson New River N/A 21
60 (Sep) 1908 A M Unknown captor Unknown locality Beaumaris [SB] (Arrived - Oct 1908) Beaumaris [SB]
(Feb 1909)
25
61 (Sep) 1908 A F Unknown captor Unknown locality N/A (Jun) 1909 25
- (Jun) 1909 A F Unknown captor Unknown locality Dead on arrival - sold as specimen to Museum Victoria N/A 27
- (Jun) 1909 PY F Unknown captor Unknown locality Dead on arrival - sold as specimen to Museum Victoria N/A 27
- (Jun) 1909 PY F Unknown captor Unknown locality Dead on arrival - sold as specimen to Museum Victoria N/A 27
- (Jun) 1909 PY M Unknown captor Unknown locality Dead on arrival - sold as specimen to Museum Victoria N/A 27
- (Jun) 1909 PY M Unknown captor Unknown locality Dead on arrival - sold as specimen to Museum Victoria N/A 27
62 (Aug) 1911 J ? Unknown captor Unknown locality N/A (Sep) 1911 25
63 (Aug) 1911 J ? Unknown captor Unknown locality N/A (Sep) 1911 25
64 (Aug) 1913 A F Hector "Monty" Turner ? Cluan? N/A (Sep) 1913 25
65 (Aug) 1913 J ? Hector "Monty" Turner ? Cluan? N/A (Sep) 1913 25
66 (Aug) 1913 J ? Hector "Monty" Turner ? Cluan? N/A (Sep) 1913 25
67 (Aug) 1913 J ? Hector "Monty" Turner ? Cluan? N/A (Sep) 1913 25
68 (Sep) 1915 J Unknown captor Unknown locality N/A (Nov) 1915 25
69 (Sep) 1915 J Unknown captor Unknown locality N/A (Nov) 1915 25
70 1917 A Mitchell Billycock Ranges, near Kamona ? ? 22
71 (Pre-Nov) 1918 A F Unknown captor Unknown locality Beaumaris [SB] (Arrived - 1/11/1918) Beaumaris [SB]
(Mar 1919)
25
72 (Mar) 1924 A F Unknown captor Arthur / Pieman Rivers ? ? 23 4
73 (Mar) 1924 P Unknown captor Arthur / Pieman Rivers ? ? 23 4
74 1925 A F Elias Churchill Mt.Field West Beaumaris [QD] 
(Aug 1925)?
London (9/8/1931)? 26 5
75 1925 J Elias Churchill Mt.Field West ? ? 26
76 1925 J Elias Churchill Mt.Field West ? ? 26
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A/J/P/PY Adult / Juvenile / Pup / Pouch young
Family group
Short dates are formatted Day/Month/Year.
References: 1. Mercury 8/7/ 1882 p. 3 & Launceston Examiner 10/5/1884 p. 1 (Tucker as possible source); 2. Tasmanian News 12/6/1885 p. 3 / Launceston Examiner 10/6/1885 p. 2 / Paddle (2012); 3. Tasmanian News 12/6/1885 p. 3 & Launceston Examiner 10/6/1885 p. 2; 4. Launceston Examiner 5/12/1885 p. 1; 5. Launceston Examiner 18/1/1886 p. 2 & Paddle (2012); 6. Mercury 29/6/1886 p. 2 & Paddle (2012); 7. Mercury 16/7/1886 p. 4 / Sydney Morning Herald 4/10/1886 p. 3 / Sydney Morning Herald 6/9/1886 p. 9; 8. The Colonist 11/5/1889 p. 21 & Daily Telegraph 9/5/1889 p. 2; 9. Launceston Examiner 22/3/1887 p. 3 & Launceston Examiner 19/11/1887 p. 2; 10. Launceston Examiner 20/4/1888 p. 2; 11. Tasmanian 13/7/1889 p. 17 / Launceston City Library Archives / Paddle (2012); 12. The Argus 22/11/1889 p. 11 & Paddle (2012); 13. The Colonist 24/8/1889 p. 21 /  Launceston City Library Archives / Paddle (2012); 14. Launceston Examiner 5/8/1892 p. 4 & The Tasmanian 6/8/1892 p. 26; 15. Launceston Examiner 4/8/1893 p. 5; 16. Mercury 19/9/1898 p. 4 & Tasmanian News 28/9/1898 p. 4; 17 Examiner 13/3/1900 p. 4 / Examiner 30/3/1900 p. 4 & Daily Telegraph 21/3/1900 p. 6; 18. Evening News (Sydney) 7/4/1900 p. 3; 19. Bart 6/8/1952; 20. The Australasian 18/3/1905 p. 29 & Paddle (2012) (possible source: Adelaide Register 10/6/1904 p. 4); 21. Laird Files AOT NS1143/15 & Examiner 4/8/1952 p. 2; 22. AOT NS 463/1/1, QVMAG Thylacine Reports, Bart 6/8/1952; 23. Advocate 8/3/1924 p. 11; 24. Daily Telegraph 10/9/1901 p. 3 (possible source?) & Paddle (2012); 25. Paddle (2012); 26. People 3/4/1957, pp. 25-26; 27. Museum Victoria specimens [C5752, C5754, C5755, C5756, C5757].
Footnotes: 1. Exchanged - Madras Zoo in Sept 1886; 2. Sold to Jamrach - April 1890; 3. Possibly sold to City Park?; 4. On exhibition in Melbourne prior to being sold to City Park; 5. Last thylacine on display outside Australia (sold together with another female from Beaumaris Zoo [QD]).
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Note: The Stevenson family caught a number of thylacines between 1900-1906.
Note: Two thylacines on display in November 1890 (Launceston Examiner 8/11/1890 p. 4).
Note: Graves (1958) notes that an adult and two juveniles caught at Pyengana were sold to City Park.
Note: The Tasmanian of the 24/5/1890 (p. 28) notes that a number of tigers are on display.
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(Research on this listing is ongoing - further information will be added as it becomes available, and errors corrected as soon as they have been identified.)
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