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Record 23587

Reading Experience:

'Commenced reading some awful rubbish there is in "Blueskin", a catch-penny thieves book which glorifies "Jack Sheppard" & contains most wonderful & thrilling episodes of his career. Escapes from Gaol were this great man's "weakness" & such trumpery aids to safe-keeping as "Heavy Chains", "Massive doors", Walls of extra strength & solidity were of no avail when the hero made up his mind he would be free. Hurrah'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 26 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: 23587  
  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: 19 February 2020

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