New South Wales and Port Phillip General Post Directory, for 1839. PORT PHILLIP DIRECTORY.

New South Wales and Port Phillip General Post Directory, for 1839.

Sydney: published by James Maclehose, Hunter Street, printed by James Spilsbury, Lower George Street, 1839.

Small octavo, some browning, early paper repair where owner's name cut from initial blank; a very good copy in mid-twentieth-century black roan.

Port Phillip in 1839

A very rare survivor: 'the first Port Phillip Directory. The Port Phillip names are included in the alphabetical directory with those in New South Wales proper' (Ferguson).

A very rare survivor: 'the first Port Phillip Directory. The Port Phillip names are included in the alphabetical directory with those in New South Wales proper' (Ferguson).

This directory is a fascinating snapshot of life in New South Wales and Port Phillip in 1839. It was printed by permission of then Postmaster-General James Raymond, but was evidently in no small part the work of James Maclehose, who published the work, although it was printed by James Spilsbury (the same combination that produced The Picture of Sydney). Maclehose was a Scottish immigrant who was in Sydney by June 1833 (at the latest), because at that time a partnership between him and James Hardie was dissolved. He married Mary Ann Strong in February 1834 and over the following years was active in business, evidently as a sort of importer working from his Hunter Street address - sometimes called the "Australian Bazaar" - who would turn his hand to anything: he sold "China Seeds" ('well worthy the attention of the curious, and Botanists…'), water-cooling "Cariffs", snuff boxes, eau de cologne, parasols, 'and every article in the fancy line.' The whole of his stock was sold at a no-reserve auction on 8 March 1842, by Isaac Simmons, and within a year he was insolvent (see the Herald for 14 March 1843). He seems to have left the colony for Hong Kong soon after.

Ian Jack published a facsimile of this edition in 2000, in which he asserted that only five copies were known to survive.

Ferguson, 2816.

Price (AUD): $4,850.00

US$3,573.43   Other currencies

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