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The Difficulties of My Position: The diaries of prison governor John Buckley Castieau 1855–1884 by Mark Finnane

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August 2006, no. 283

The Difficulties of My Position: The diaries of prison governor John Buckley Castieau 1855–1884 by Mark Finnane

NLA, $29.95 pb, 324 pp

The Difficulties of My Position: The diaries of prison governor John Buckley Castieau 1855–1884 by Mark Finnane

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August 2006, no. 283

Both a scholarly resource and a good read, Castieau’s diaries, effectively edited, enliven and enrich our sense of colonial Melbourne. Castieau’s modest standing adds to the diaries’ significance as they record the dailiness of life, combining the public and the private: work, life around town and ‘the domestic minutiae of everyday life captured in his relentless record’. What makes Castieau exceptional are the span and detail of the diaries: ‘His workaday life does not obscure the more important issues of colonial life – getting on, enjoying oneself, establishing a reputation, being part of the world.’

Laurie Hergenhan reviews ‘The Difficulties of My Position: The diaries of prison governor John Buckley Castieau 1855–1884’ edited by Mark Finnane

The Difficulties of My Position: The diaries of prison governor John Buckley Castieau 1855–1884

by Mark Finnane

NLA, $29.95 pb, 324 pp

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