Sarah (Jenny Lind) an Asian elephant at Unknown

☨ Sarah (Jenny Lind)
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Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀
Dead date: 1868-03-00
Death reason: unknown:
ArrivalUnknown 1868-03-00
from Sir Joseph Banks Hotel Zoological Gardens (William Beaumont)
Document updated2016-04-01: new elephant
The first elephants in New Zealand, and one of the two first elephants in Australia, the second is Tommy (Jumbo).

1851: The first importation of elephants into Australia appears to be in late 1851 when a male and female elephant from Dacca, India were shipped from Calcutta on board the ship Golden Saxon. She came into port at Hobart. The male elephant was sold at auction, and was exhibited around various hotels in Hobart before he was shipped to Melbourne, before ending up in Adelaide where he ended up pulling a plow. Sarah/Jenny Lind arrived in Sydney at was kept at the Sir Joseph Banks Zoological gardens which was really the first true zoo in Australia. Prior to that the first keeping of exotic animals was by the Australian Museum who sold the animals to the Sir Joseph Banks Zoological Gardens. I researched 17 years of Sarah's life. She became the first elephant to also set foot in New Zealand in March 1868 tragically she died on the banks of the Waitaki River in the South Island just a few weeks after making landfall.
Liz Clark

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Koehl, D., (2020). Sarah (Jenny Lind), an Asian at Unknown in Unknown. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 29 October 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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  • Liz Clark

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