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Ashtons Circus featuring Lord of the Lions Marcel Peters with his lions and performing tigers
Bib ID 7540491
Format PicturePicture [still image, text, sheet]
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Description Melbourne : Ashtons Circus, [between 1977 and 1990] 
1 poster : colour ; 64.7 x 90 cm 

Poster promoting Ashtons Circus. Features a sepia toned illustration of thirteen lions in a circus ring. A sepia toned photograph of Marcel Peters holding a lion across his shoulders is superimposed at the centre.


"Ashton's Circus (currently operating as Circus Joseph Ashton) is the longest-surviving circus in Australia, pre-dating most others in the English-speaking world. The circus was founded in Hobart, Tasmania in about 1849 by Thomas Mollor, and acquired in February 1850 by James Henry Ashton, a man schooled in the tradition of English circus and who had experienced the hard times of the nineteenth century. The circus operated as the Royal Amphitheatre or Royal Circus. When founder James Henry Ashton died in 1889, his son Fred, then aged 22, inherited the circus. The circus continued to be handed down throughout the family, and today it is run by the 6th generation of Ashtons, Michelle and Joseph and their sons Jordan and Merrik. As Joseph had founded 'Circus Joseph Ashton' in 1998 prior to his grandfather's retirement in 2000, it was decided to apply this name to the family's main circus reflecting the current state of ownership and operations. The prior name of "Ashton's Circus" was retired. Circus Joseph Ashton travels mainly in South Australia and Western Australia"--Wikipedia, sited 26 July, 2016.

Marcel Peters (Marcel Peter Hodge) is an English lion tamer who worked with Ashtons Circus in Australia during the 1980s.


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Vivian James Carter Collection.

PIC Poster Drawer 315 copy Digital master available National Library of Australia

Subjects Peters, Marcel -- Posters.  |  Ashton's Circus -- Posters.  |  Circus -- Australia -- Posters.  |  Circus animals -- Australia -- Posters.  |  Circus performers -- Australia -- Posters.  |  Circus posters -- Australia.  |  Lions -- Posters.  |  Lion trainers -- Posters.  |  Advertising -- Circus -- Australia -- Posters.  |  Amusements -- Australia -- Posters.  |  Posters, Australian.  |  Australia -- Posters.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Ashtons Circus, issuing body
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