50 years ago this week, The Islander reported on ‘one of the most remarkable sights ever on Kangaroo Island’ - Ashton’s Circus was due to arrive on the M. V. Troubridge, at tremendous cost.

Ashton's Circus: It visited KI in December 1967. What are your memories of this momentous event? Image: Islander Archives.

Ashton's Circus: It visited KI in December 1967. What are your memories of this momentous event? Image: Islander Archives.

50 years ago this week, The Islander reported on ‘one of the most remarkable sights ever on Kangaroo Island’.

Ashton’s Circus was due to arrive on the M. V. Troubridge, at tremendous cost.

The opening show was to be on Christmas Eve followed by two further shows.

Ashton’s Circus’ Mr Young told The Islander that the company was taking a considerable financial gamble in bringing the circus to the island.

He said that he cost of the season would be several thousand dollars.

He added, however, that the company would be happy if it, “Came out square.”

“We are very grateful for the wonderful assistance we have received from the Adelaide Steamship Company,” Mr Young said.

Do any Islanders remember this circus? Did you attend a performance? Was it the best Christmas present ever? Were there lions and tigers and acrobats and clowns and bearded ladies? 

Please share your memories of this momentous event for the island. We would love to hear from you.