The Legend of the Elephant

We are spending a few days in the charming little town of Stratford in Victoria. As we wander along the Avon riverbank in the early morning chill of spring we find a small blue sculpture of an elephant and learn that it is a memorial to an elephant that was decapitated when the circus was driving under Stratford’s very low railway bridge back in 1950. Apparently he was too heavy to move

The little elephant, Stratford
The little elephant, Stratford

so they buried him by the river. One wonders what became of the circus after it lost its star attraction.

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