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  • Auction House:
    Leski Auctions
  • Sale Name:
    Australian & Colonial
  • Sale Date:
    02 Dec 2018 ~ 12noon (AEDT)
  • Lot #:
  • Lot Description:
    "The Tasmanian Standard. For the Family, the Library and the People" No.1 Vol.1 (November 30, 1861) to No.14 Vol.1 (March 1862) complete in a bound volume.  A combination of commercial, legal, sporting and social news, prices, shipping information, advertisements and stories, "Published every Saturday morning." Printed by John Davies at the Mercury Steam Printing Office, Macquarie Street, Hobart Town....for the Proprietor, Charles Orlando Atkins, Murray Street. These 14 editions may well be the complete output of The Tasmanian Standard as we can find no references to the publication in any publicly held collections. The front pastedown bears the manuscript endorsement "Rev'd J. Wilkes Simmons with the Publisher's best wishes, February 1863" 
  • Notes:
    John Davies (1814 – 1872) co-founded The Mercury, with George Jones in 1854. Davies was Jewish, born in London, and transported to Hobart as a convict in August 1831, for ordering candles on someone else's account. His father had been transported to New South Wales only a few years earlier. In 1871 Davies passed the management of The Mercury to his sons. In June 1872 he opened up the theatre building (which he then owned) to homeless people seeking temporary shelter due to floods. He caught a chill from which he died on 11 June 1872. Davies' son John played first-class cricket for Tasmania and was thrice Mayor of Hobart.
  • Estimate:
    A$1,000 - 1,500
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  • Category:
    Books & Manuscripts

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