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170th anniversary of George Croft’s Amphitheatre

Thomas Dowse's diary for April 1847. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

On April 26, 1847, one of Brisbane’s first theatres gave its opening performance. In advertisements published in the Moreton Bay Courier, Mr George Croft’s Amphitheatre, situated in Russell Street, South Brisbane promised a spectacular show. George Croft, formerly of the Victoria Theatre in Sydney and Astley’s Royal Amphitheatre London, would perform numerous tightrope stunts including “an … Read more