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Record 23586

Reading Experience:

'When I got back Polly had gone to bed so I sat & read for an hour & then followed her up stairs. The book I was reading or skimming was called "Blueskin" or the adventures of "Jonathan Wild" the great thief taker. It was taken away from a prisoner in the Gaol & is certainly as mischievous a work as could possibly gain access to a place of confinement. It describes fully all sorts of different plans & attempts at Escape made by "Jack Sheppard" & others & is just such a book as would fire the imagination of the "larrikin" class who evidently consider "breaking prison" a most heroic exploit & who would as a rule put up with extra loss of liberty for the glory of appearing in the papers & being thought "lads of spirit" by their contemporaries.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 23 Apr 1871
Country: Australia
Time: evening
Place: city: Melbourne
location in dwelling: at home
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: Prison Governor
Religion: unknown
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: Blueskin, or the adventures of Jonathan Wild
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: stolen
confiscated from prisoner


Source Information:

Record ID: 23586  
  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: 18 February 2020

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