Kangaroos in Lincolnshire
It sounds a little unlikely but there is an interesting connection to this Antipodean creature and Lincolnshire . . .
The primary and biggest name when thinking of Kangaroos in Lincolnshire is non other than Sir Joseph Banks, one of Lincolnshire’s biggest ‘names’
Banks was one of the first Europeans to describe Kangaroos as he sailed aboard James Cook’s Endeavour way back in 1770.
There was settlement in the early 1790s in Australia and with that came the export of Kangaroos to England.
Initially they came to private ‘collections’ such as the Royal Menagerie at Kew but later the circus and fairs started acquiring them and travelling the country.
In 1799 the Stamford Mercury talks of a ‘great novelty to be exhibited - those extraordinary animals the Kanguroos from Botany Bay!’
These animals were also seen in Louth and Boston and would have been the first seen in the county - quite a thing when you think about it.
Later on in the 1820s they were also present in the bizarre menagerie of Samuel Russell Collet at Eagle and in the 1830s and 40s Sir Robert Heron was keeping Kangaroos at Stubton Hall, his were particularly special as they were acquired with the help of Sir Joseph Banks himself in 1810
You may marvel that I managed to get an article out of ‘Kangaroos in Lincolnshire’ but marvel further, Geoffrey Morey got an entire book out of it in 1962 titled The Lincoln Kangaroos !
If you know anything else, or have any opinions, connected specifically with Kangaroos here in the Golden Shire then please do feel free to comment.