Charles Dickens and Colonial Australia

Charles Dickens: shifting the lens

Ken Gelder joins Susan Martin and Kylie Mirmohamodi on Radio National, the program is produced by Roz Bluett and features readings by Miriam Margoyles.

Nicholas Chevalier ci. 1862Charles Dickens is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the nineteenth century. His stories enjoyed unprecedented popularity in his home town of London, but his words also steamed across the globe. Crowds in the colonies - particularly those in Australia - waited for his latest instalments at wharves, railway stations and post offices. And despite the predominantly English settings, the stories made their way into the minds, culture and everyday life of colonial Australians.

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Image: Nicholas Chevalier, English mail day at the Post Office, Melbourne,1862