Episode Four Season Two: Little Nugget


What’s the link between John Lennon of The Beatles and 19th century Aboriginal circus performer ‘Little Nugget’?

Find out as we follow the story of the St Leon family’s circus and uncover how pioneer Australian travelling performers fared hazards like crocodiles, bushrangers and even rebellions. In the process discover what the history of circus in this country tells us about colonialism and the very nature of how we see ourselve


Production Team:

Carly Godden: host, research and writing

Lee Hooper: host and editing

Christian O’Brien: audio production, original music 

Conor Gallagher: voice actor 


Professor Mark Mcmillan Wiradjuri man and Pro-Vice Chancellor RMIT university

Dr Mark Valentine St Leon Circus historian

Additional Music Credits

For the Benefit of Mr Kite – The Beatles

The Carny – Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

The Portuguese Washerwoman – Joe “Fingers” Carr

Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding – Elton John

Guns on the Roof – The Clash

Three Legged Dog – The Cruel Sea

Raise Our flag – Southeast Desert Metal

Wonderboy – The Kinks

The Beach Boys – Trombone Dixie

Stop The Cavalry – John Lewie 


Archival Footage of later generations of the St Leons continuing the family’s circus tradition 

Newspaper articles:

Jones’ Circus at the Diggings

Jones’ Circus and the Monster Meeting

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