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Traveling by the Book

New South Wales Railway Guides and the "Tourist Gaze"

Colin Symes

Travel guidebooks are a dominant form of tourist literature, of which one early example was the railway guide. It is commonly asserted that among the many transformations wrought by rail was that it changed the way the landscape was perceived from trains. Utilizing picturesque discourses railway guides contributed to this transformation. They also helped propel railway-allied tourism, particularly in New South Wales during the second half of the nineteenth century and led to the publication of guides focusing more on destinations than journeys.

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Trains of Thought

The Challenges of Mobility in the Work of Rhoda Broughton

Anna Despotopoulou

This article examines women's mobility in the work of Rhoda Broughton, looking closely at her use of the railway as a means of rendering not only the movement but also the drifting consciousness of her heroines. Combining privacy and publicity, movement and stasis, the railway in Broughton's work affects the subjectivity and everyday routine of women, becoming a literary means of exploring woman's complex response to the transitory nature of experience, the rapidly shifting states of consciousness, and modernity's fleeting images - all of which are reflected in Broughton's idiosyncratic style.

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Vilma Hastaoglou-Martindis

The conditions of peace in Europe after 1815 – with the end of the Napoleonic Wars, along with thriving industrialization, instigated journeys. From the 1840s, the novel means of transportation, railways and steamers, unified geographical space and fuelled a trend of travelling that was to increase exponentially to dimensions of mass tourism by the beginning of the twentieth century.

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Victorian London Redux

Adapting the Gothic Metropolis

Chris Louttit

a sense of the city’. 28 This expanded idea of the urban environment is most evident in season 2’s movement below ground, both in the slums for the poor located under the railway arches and in the meticulously recreated version of the Metropolitan

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The Corpus of London

(Dis)covering the Victorian City

David W. Chapman

former railway engineer with experience carrying out projects on a massive scale. The embankment project was begun in 1865 as part of an overall plan for removing waste from the city. After the sewer improvements were completed, there were no further

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‘No More Let Life Divide…’

Victorian Metropolitan Confluence in Penny Dreadful

Sinan Akilli and Seda Öz

inn and the next scene is completed with a view of London. Similarly, when Sir Malcolm reveals his better/human side in the soup kitchen, the trains, railways, and posters around the city are again the other elements that complete the scene; and when

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Brett Holman

wartime. In The Invasion of 1910 he described how the Kaiser's army of spies would work to disrupt British mobilisation before the main body of German troops landed: The Southampton line of the London and South-Western Railway was destroyed – with

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Mediating the Rural Ideal

The Australian Town in Twentieth-Century Travel

Louise Prowse

new ways to access, experience and interpret the outdoors, in addition to the extensive railway network that had already linked the coast and city to country towns and rural outposts ( Greenwood 2011: 24 ; Griffiths 1987: 77 ; Symes 2013 ). In 1930

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The Mysterious Mr Le Queux

War Novelist, Defence Publicist and Counterspy

Roger T. Stearn

no better companion on a railway journey that Mr William Le Queux’, and the Bristol Times and Mirror that he ‘always grips his reader, and holds him to the last page’. Not quoted in the advertisements were the Times Literary Supplement reviews

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The True Story of Gundagai’s Dog on the Tuckerbox

Tourists, Truth, and the Insouciance of Souvenirs

Richard White

wool lands of the Riverina. It was thus a great gathering place for bullock teams. The town was surveyed and laid out in 1840 and was also a natural hub for stagecoaches, boasting four hotels by 1843. The main southern railway line by-passed Gundagai