Australia’s Circus community mourns the loss of patriarch Doug Ashton

All of us here at the Arts Centre’s Performing Arts Collection express our sincere condolences to the Ashton family on the passing of Doug Ashton.

Doug was an enthusiastic supporter and major donor to our circus collection, particularly but not only of Ashton’s memorabilia, and he along with wife Phyllis were responsible for the circus collections’ development into one of national significance.  We will be forever grateful to Doug, not only for his own extraordinary life, but also for his generosity and interest in helping us build this important historical resource. 

Phyllis and Doug Ashton riding a horse bareback, Wirths Olympia. Photograph by Harry Jay. Performing Arts Collection.
 More about the Ashton’s Circus Collection and a selection of some of the Catalogue Records can be found here.