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Record 15675

Reading Experience:

'After Tea I took a stroll through the town and then went to Collingwood on my return I looked in at the Reading Room of the Mechanics, amused myself by waiting a considerable time for the relinquishing of the Argus by one or other of two very slow old gentlemen who each had a copy and spite my impatience coolly kept turning over page after page as if they were not only deeply interested in the news but also wrapped in every advertisement.' 'I got it at last, not however from either of them for they were as busy as ever when I left, for all the world like two of Madame Tussaud?s clever Wax Figures with a little internal machinery, that turned the paper over at certain intervals, in watching them I had overlooked a third copy which I now got hold of & then found "there was nothing in it".'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 23 Aug 1855
Country: Australia
Time: evening
Place: city: Melbourne
other location: Mechanics' Institute
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 Buckley Castieau
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 15 May 1831
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: Gaoler
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Australia
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: [n/a]
Title: Argus
Genre: Ephemera
Form of Text: Print: Newspaper
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID: 15675  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: John Buckley Castieau
  Title: Diaries
  Location: National Library of Australia
  Call no: NLA MS 2218
  Page/folio: n/a

Citation: John Buckley Castieau, Diaries National Library of Australia, p. NLA MS 2218, p. n/a,, accessed: 25 February 2020

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