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May Wirth: bareback riding queen

The History Listen

2020

This podcast tells the story of adoptee May Wirth (1894-1978) who was an Australian circus performer, famous for somersaults while riding a horse.

May was born in Bundagberg Queensland. Her mother, Dezeppo Marie, left her father, circus performer John Zinga when the children were small. May was put up for adoption and in 1901 was adopted by Mary Wirth. Mary was an equestrienne and sister of circus owners, Philip and George Wirth.

May Wirth performed with Barnum and Bailey in the United States. She was inducted into the Circus Hall of Fame in 1963.