The Sealion House
The Sealion House

Captain Harry Smith and his wife Evelyn looked after the Sealion House from 1947.


For a small additional fee Belle Vue visitors were given entry to the Sealion House and treated to a performance that showed the sealions balancing, juggling, playing trumpets and even driving a miniature car. After Harry died Evelyn took over and she was in turn replaced by George Wilbourne and finally "Captain" Bill Burgess.

 Image above taken in 1974 by Matt Pearce Bolton
and generously donated by him on behalf of CHEZRASCALS MEDIA

The two images above were donated by Tommy Kelly
from the collection of his father Matt Kelly.


Sea Lions at Belle Vue in the 1920s