Ashton's Hotel: The Journal of William Baker Ashton, First Governor of the Adelaide Gaol

Author(s): Rhondda Harris

Aust History

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.


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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781743054826
  • : Wakefield Press
  • : Wakefield Press
  • : May 2017
  • : 210mm X 140mm
  • : May 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Greyscale illustrations throughout
  • : 400
  • : 994.23
  • : en
  • : 1
  • : Paperback
  • : Rhondda Harris