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Live snakes for Sherlock Holmes play

A request was made to bring live snakes into New Zealand on 7 December 1911.


J C Williamson Ltd, a travelling Australian theatre company, wrote that it used non-venomous snakes in it Christmas production, The Speckled Band, which was scheduled to perform at Wellington’s Opera House and other New Zealand venues. The show was billed as “A new Sherlock Holmes adventure – a masterpiece from the creative genius of Conan Doyle”.


Permission was granted for the snakes to tour New Zealand for six weeks after which they returned to Australia.


Shown here is the letter from J C Williamson Ltd.


Archives Reference: ACGO 8333 IA1/1184/[23] 1911/3709


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