Jack Hay

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Jack Hay
Profession circus artist
Personal details
Born 1903 Forbes, NSW in Australia
Dead 1952-06-17 Parkville, VIC in Australia

Spouse(s) Dorothy Ashton

Country Australia

Work locations
Title artist -
Location at Ashtons Circus in Australia

Biography details

Albert Edward Hay , circus artist in Australia

Born 1903 in Australia dead 1952-06-17 in Australia .

Jack was a Trumpet player in the Ashton circus band.
During the Depression in the 1930s, things were so hard that Jack used to supplement his meagre circus bandsman's wage by making tin dishes, pots and pans to sell to farmers. Their only taste of meat was the occasional rabbit he caught. With no money but plenty of "stock" (in the form of eight children), the Hays decided to leave the Ashton circus and develop their own acrobatic act. At Lithgow, they lived in a tent while Jack made a few shillings from busking in the streets and chopping wood. Having moved around so much, Dossie had never heard of child endowment, but when she did, collected £60 accumulated in her favour. The family's improved financial position enabled them to move down to Sydney where they took a little house in Newtown. In the backyard, the children practiced spinning brooms with their Feet and balancing an old armchair. Soon they progressed to a stage performance where one artist, after a series of somersaults in mid-air, landed on the upturned Feet of another. Although their family name was "Hay", they used their mother's famous name of Ashton for professional purposes.
Seven of the eight children became the Seven Ashtons.


Total: 7 children

  1. Micky Ashton-Hay. Dead: † 1985
  2. Neville Ashton-Hay.
  3. Douglas Ashton.
  4. Stanley Ashton.
  5. Goldie Ashton.
  6. Jackie Ashton.
  7. Gloria Ashton.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). artist Albert Edward Hay in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 27 September 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=1166. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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Categories artist | circus | Ashtons Circus | Hay family | Born 1903 | Dead 1952 | People from Australia

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