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The Vagabond as social reformer : inside Melbourne's asylums and hospitals / John Stanley James ('The Vagabond', 'Julian Thomas') ; edited and introduced by Michael Cannon
Bib ID 8078670
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Vagabond, 1843-1896, author
 
Description [Inverloch, Victoria] : Michael Cannon, [2020] 
[Melbourne, Victoria] : Griffin Press 
©2020 
239 pages, 29 pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm 
Summary

“’The Vagabond’ was the favoured alias of a famous nineteenth-century journalist whose real name was John Stanley James, but who also disguised himself as ‘Julian Thomas’ and other pseudonyms. Under such guises, he infiltrated Melbourne institutions, and took employment in humble capacities, where he could observe their daily operations from the inside. This undercover technique had its critics, but enabled the Vagabond to reveal many abuses commonly perpetrated on the underclass. His reports often led to important reforms and a degree of social justice for the poor, the unemployed, and the unfortunate. No dweller in an ivory tower, the Vagabond always went to see for himself, and that remains his chief lesson for today.”--Back cover.

Notes

Includes index.

Subjects Vagabond, 1843-1896.  |  Asylums -- Victoria -- Melbourne -- History -- 19th century.  |  Psychiatric hospitals -- Victoria -- Melbourne -- History -- 19th century.  |  Psychiatric hospital care -- Victoria -- Melbourne -- History -- 19th century.  |  Mental health facilities -- Victoria -- Melbourne -- History -- 19th century.  |  Asylums -- Law and legislation -- Victoria -- Melbourne -- History -- 19th century.  |  Law reform -- Victoria -- Melbourne -- History -- 19th century.  |  Journalists -- Victoria -- Melbourne -- Biography.  |  Asylums -- Victoria -- Kew.  |  Mental health facilities -- Australia.  |  Psychiatric hospitals.  |  Hospitals -- Victoria.  |  Melbourne (Vic.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- History -- 19th century.  |  Australian
Form/genre Biographies
Other authors/contributors Cannon, Michael, editor, writer of introduction

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