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Ashton’s Circus link to Hanging Rock

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I hadn’t realised that the hamlet of Hanging Rock holds a link to a well known Australian Circus. Ashton’s Circus still tours the country, but here at Hanging Rock, lies the grave of Mary Ashton, the young wife of circus founder James Ashton. She died in 1852, just days after giving birth to a daughter – the baby died a few months later. At that time Hanging Rock was a hive of activity due to its gold mining activities. It must have been a sizeable place as the circus performed over a period of 14 nights.

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