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Ashton's Hotel

The journal of William Baker Ashton, first governor of the Adelaide Gaol

Rhondda Harris

Ashton's Hotel
South Australia was meant to be the perfect colony: free settlers, no crime, and no mental illness. But good intentions go awry. Within three years plans for a permanent gaol were well established, along with a governor to oversee it: William Baker Ashton.

Researcher Rhondda Harris came upon Ashton's long-lost journal by happy accident, and was soon absorbed by 'The Governor's' handwritten pages. They told a hidden story of early Adelaide and its underbelly, of crashes and crises and crims. 'Ashton’s Hotel', the colonists called their prison. His kindness of spirit, under nigh-impossible circumstances, shines through in this first published edition of his journal, expertly contextualised and introduced by Rhondda Harris.

Praise for Ashton's Hotel:
'The journal provides fascinating reading and at the same time is a fabulous addition to the story of early Adelaide.' - Nic Klaassen, Flinders Ranges Research

'This is a gaol story of the highest order and we must thank Rhondda Harris for installing a new individual in the Australian prison pantheon.' - John Shield, Honest History

Rhondda Harris is a retired archaeologist. She studied at Flinders University where her honours thesis on archaeology and postcontact Indigenous Adelaide was both the start of her career and the beginning of a passion for researching the history of early Adelaide.
She now works on deceased estates, sorting through the accumulations of lives. She sees this as a sort of archaeology and it is a job she loves.
Rhondda moved to Adelaide in 1974, has two sons, two grandsons and a dog. Despite growing up in New South Wales, she sees Adelaide as home.
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Category History
Format Paperback
Size 210 x 140 mm
ISBN 9781743054826
Extent 400 pages
Price: AU$39.95 including GST
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