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Papers of Russ Ashton, 1932-2003 [manuscript]
Bib ID 3095320
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Ashton, John Russell (Russ), 1925-2003
 
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1932-2003] 
0.45 m. (3 boxes) 
Summary

MS 9808 comprises personal and official correspondence, greeting cards, reports, press cuttings, photographs, passport, maps, funeral tribute and other material relating to Ashton's career, especially in the Hydro-Electric Commission. There are papers relating to the controversy on the Gordon River project plus three VHS videos: "Commissioner's farewell", "Pieman story - official opening at Reece Power Station" and "Power with glory - from Wassamana to Anthony: an 80 year history of the development of Tasmanian power schemes by the people of the Hydro-Electric Commission". These papers were part of a larger collection acquired by the Pictures Section.

The Acc07/131 instalment is a small assortment of miscellaneous papers including a letter, news clipping, certificate and speech.

Biography/History

Engineer. John Russell Ashton was born at Caulfield, Victoria on 28 February, 1925. He was educated at Canberra Grammar and received a government scholarship to attend Sydney University. After graduation he worked for the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority. He joined the Tasmanian Hydro-Electric Commission as assistant engineer in 1947, rising through the ranks to become Commissioner from 1977 until 1987, during the period of the Lake Pedder controversy. Ashton was Federal President of the Association of Professional Engineers between 1970 and 1972. He was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in April 1988. Ashton died on 14 February, 2003.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 9808, MS Acc07/131.

Related Material Russ Ashton photographic collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Pictures collection PIC/8393/1-1975. 
Subjects Ashton, John Russell (Russ), 1925-2003 -- Archives.  |  Tasmania. Hydro-Electric Commission -- Officials and employees -- Archives.  |  Engineers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Gordon River (Tas.) -- Power utilization.
Occupation Engineers.

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