Poor urban youth and popular theatricals: the case of late-19th century Australia

Bellanta, Melissa (2012). Poor urban youth and popular theatricals: the case of late-19th century Australia. In Gillian Arrighi and Victor Emeljanow (Ed.), A world of popular entertainments: an edited volume of critical essays (pp. 233-243) Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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Author Bellanta, Melissa
Title of chapter Poor urban youth and popular theatricals: the case of late-19th century Australia
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Poor urban youth and popular theatricals: the case of late-19th century Australia
Title of book A world of popular entertainments: an edited volume of critical essays
Place of Publication Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 144383730X
9781443837309
Editor Gillian Arrighi
Victor Emeljanow
Chapter number 17
Start page 233
End page 243
Total pages 11
Total chapters 17
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary In 1891, a group of Australian politicians interviewed Charles Healy, a twelve year-old newspaper seller who worked in Sydney, as part of an inquiry into child poverty. Healy told them that his widowed mother beat him unless he brought home nine shillings a week from his earnings on the streets. Since he worked long hours to collect this amount and received little of it for his own use, he had scant opportunity to enjoy entertainment or leisure of any kind. Having said this, Healy spoke dreamily of one evening when a rich man gave him and a friend a sovereign-a whole twenty shillings-for minding his horse. After setting most of this aside to give to their mothers, he and this friend went directly to Sydney's Her Majesty's Theatre and spent what was left on a play.1 [extract]
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Additional Notes "This volume is the direct result of a conference which was hosted by the School of Drama, Fine Art and Music at the University of Newcastle, Australia, in June 2009"--P. [ix].

 
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