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Record 12803

Reading Experience:

'Some Hobart Town newspapers have come on board. O'Brien is still in very close confinement on an island off the east coast, called Maria Island, a rugged and desolate territory, about twelve miles in length... By the advertisements I see there at present no fewer than five ships at present laid on for California from the two ports, Hobart Town, south, and Launceston, north. There is now a brisk trade between Van Diemen's Land and San Francisco...'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 8 Apr 1850
Country: Australia (Van Diemen's Land)
Time: n/a
Place: city: Hobart Town
county: Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land)
other location: on board the "Neptune", in Hobart Town harbour
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:John Mitchel
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 3 Nov 1815
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: author, Irish Nationalist, under arrest for Treason
Religion: Presbyterian family
Country of origin: Ireland
Country of experience: Australia (Van Diemen's Land)
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: [n/a]
Title: [newspapers]
Genre: Ephemera
Form of Text: Print: Newspaper
Publication details: published in Hobart Town
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 12803  
Source - Print  
  Author: John Mitchel
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Jail Journal
  Place of Publication: Dublin
  Date of Publication: 1913
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 225
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: John Mitchel, Jail Journal (Dublin, 1913), p. 225,, accessed: 23 February 2020

Additional comments:



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