I must say that this photograph taken in 1884 has always intrigued me. Not because it was at a Tiger Farm in what is now the residential suburb of Toombul (note the tiger cub circled), but because of what is written in the top right hand corner, “This picture is bad, put another over it. Use paste not gum.”
I believe the man in the photo was a young James Trackson, who later became a wealthy entrepreneur, and in 1903 was one of the first people in Brisbane to own a Locomobile (motor car).
Although the two ladies in the photograph are unidentified, my assumption is that they were the daughters of Mr Charles Higgins, owner of the Toombul Tiger Farm and a Menagerie on the corner of George & Turbot Streets in the CBD.
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