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Edith Ashton was a backyard abortionist who also dabbled in theft and fencing stolen goods. Described in the media as a 'social somebody' and an 'equestrienne' she was, however, not adept at performing abortions and was suspected of contributing to the deaths of at least two women. Aged 37.

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New South Wales. Dept. of Prisons
Thursday, 29 August 1929
Edith Ashton was a backyard abortionist who also dabbled in theft and fencing stolen goods. Described in the media as a 'social somebody' and an 'equestrienne' she was, however, not adept at performing abortions and was suspected of contributing to the deaths of at least two women. Aged 37.
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Edith Florence Ashton, criminal record number 767LB, 29 August 1929. State Reformatory for Women, Long Bay, NSW
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Edith Florence Ashton, criminal record number 767LB, 29 August 1929. State Reformatory for Women, Long Bay, NSW
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Nerida Campbell <A title="Nerida Campbell Femme fatale : the female criminal Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, 2008. pp 122-123 " href="http://appfirst/firstadmin/forms/fullRecord.jsp?recno=35761" _title="true">Femme fatale : the female criminal </A>Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, 2008. pp 122-123