Explorations – No 11 Dec 1991


WALLACE KIRSOP, Selling French Books in Melbourne during the First World War

The author introduces a catalogue of French books available for purchase through a Melbourne bookseller at the time of the First World War. He also situates this document within the context of other ephemeral material and uses it as a basis to make assumptions about the interest in French books at the time in Victoria. The 12-page catalogue is reproduced.

Keywords: booksellers, French books in Australia, Melville & Mullen Pty Ltd, Robertson and Mullens Limited.

C.B. THORNTON-SMITH, A Réunion Journalist in Nineteenth-Century Australia

This article discusses a book published by Réunion journalist Thomy Lahuppe in 1865, under the title Notes sur l’Australie. Lahuppe’s original intention was to promote commercial exchange between Australia and the French colony, especially in the area of sugar production. The book consists of ‘notes écrites au jour le jour’, but some of the chapters closely resemble material he had published in Le Moniteur de la Réunion, the newspaper which had sent him to Australia.

Keywords: Thomy Lahuppe, colonialism, sugar trade, Aborigines, La Réunion

HILARY HUTCHINSON, Meeting Kelver Hartley

A brief account of a meeting between the author, Grahame Jones and Professor Kelver Hartley, an eminent Oscar Wilde scholar.

Keywords: Kelver Hartley, Oscar Wilde

R. W. Home, with the assistance of Paula J. Needham, Physics in Australia to 1945: Bibliography and Biographical Register, reviewed by Wallace Kirsop