Circular   1860

Melbourne Zoological Gardens,

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The Committee of the Zoological Gardens of Melbourne, being aware of your facilities of communication with foreign countries, will feel thankful to you for exerting your influence in aiding them in introducing into Victoria rare animals from abroad, particularly as are calculated to become of value to Colony.

In solicting this favor the Committee feels that only through the co-operation of many patriotic gentlemen for the above purpose, their desired object can be attained

The Committee will always be happy to recommend to this Government the liquidation of any reasonable expenses incurred in the importation of animals, intended for the public menagerie of this garden.

I have the honor to be,


Your most obedient Servant,


Director of the Zoological Gardens.

The circular must have been prepared before M's directorship of the zoo came to an end following the transfer of the animals to Royal Park. The transfer was effectively completed by late 1861.

Please cite as “FVM-60-00-00a,” in Ɛpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 27 November 2021,