George Street: William Dymock, 1891. Stapled paperback; 114pp; paper covers printd in brown and red, with implements of correction and punishment pictured (lash, manacle, chain, gallows); advertisements on inside flaps and back cover; bookplate of Henry Bateson on verso of title page. Ferguson 18101.
Front and back covers detached, front cover especially chipped and worn, title page also detached, staples rusted. occasional fox mark but mostly clean throughout. Item #1080
Thomas Walker (1858-1932) was a lecturer, journalist and politician who was born in Lancashire, England. He arrived in Australia in 1877 at the invitation of the Australian spiritualists after many colourful episodes in the UK, Canada and America. The Australian Dictionary of Biogrpahy describes his writing style as a "racy flow of invocations to the spirits, plagiarized from A. J. Davis, geology plagiarized from Lyell, and anti-orthodoxy plagiarized from Voltaire and Volney". He denounced spiritualism as fraudulnent in 1882 and founded the Australian Secular Society. His career after that branched into politics and writing and is peppered with extraordinarary incidents and sharp turns. He was clearly a bit of a rogue himself.
(Charles) Henry Bateson (1903-1974) was an Australian historian and journalist.who viewed the convicets as "the real pioneers of Australia" (ADB online).