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William B. Ashton
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Source : B 25769
Date of creation : ca. 1840
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 510 x 380 mm (image); 640 x 530 mm (mount)
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

A relatively informal portrait (as evidenced by the clothing) of William Baker Ashton, Governor of the Adelaide Gaol from 1839.

The second image is of Governor and staff at the Adelaide Gaol, by H.H. Glover. Adelaide Gaol was also known as 'Ashton's Hotel'.

William Baker Ashton, born on 6 August 1800 and the gaol's first governor arrived with his family in South Australia on 16 November 1838. He was appointed Sub Inspector of police on 1 June 1838 by the Colonisation Commissioners in England. He was granted a free passage for himself and family, fifty Pounds for his outfit, four months pay in advance from the day of sailing and a salary of 125 Pounds. The Ashton family, made up of William, wife Charlotte and their three sons boarded the Rajasthan (ship) on its first voyage to Adelaide on 17 July 1838. On 2 August Charlotte gave birth to a daughter who was named Victoria Hannah Ritchie Ashton.
Related names :

Adelaide Gaol (S. Aust)

Ashton, William Baker, 1800-1854

Ashton family

Rajasthan (ship)

Coverage year : ca.1840
Period : 1836-1851
Place : South Australia
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

Colwell, M and Alan Naylor. Adelaide: an illustrated history, [Joslin, S. Aust.]: McP, 1981

Johnston, Malcolm David. A governor, aye every inch a governor: a biography of William Baker Ashton, the first governor of the Adelaide gaol, Blair Athol, S. Aust.: M. Johnston, [1990]

Lock-Weir, Tracey Visions of Adelaide, 1836-1886 Adelaide : Art Gallery of South Australia, 2005

Scheiffers, Sue. Inside: a brief history of the Adelaide Gaol, [Strathalbyn, S. Aust.: S. Scheiffers], 2002

Internet links :

SA Memory, The Foundation of South Australia 1800-1851, Governor and Staff at the Adelaide Gaol

Adelaide Gaol South Australian History website

National Library of Australia. Pictures catalogue




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