The Jandaschewsky family played a special role in the development of the circus in Australia. A remarkable troupe of clowns who first arrived in Australia in the 1890s, they drew on a rich European tradition that reflected their Russian, Greek, French and Spanish origins. Their original and eccentric acts entertained Australian audiences on the vaudeville stage and in the circus ring, including Wirth’s and Fitzgerald’s, well into the 1950s.
Circus! tells this family’s compelling story. It’s a tale of acrobats, clowns, musicians and dancers, of a father-and-son clowning team and two extraordinary women.
Published to coincide with the exhibition Circus! 150 Years in Australia. Both the book and the exhibition are based on the Museum’s collection of the family’s costumes, photographs and props.
Awards: honourable mention American Association of Museums Publication Awards 1996.