Summary

Poem by W. J. Swan on the departure of Joseph Burley, Melbourne Observatory, 10 or 18 September 1890.

Joseph Burley was a messenger and mechanical attendant at Melbourne Observatory from 1879 to 1890.

Description of Content

Poem by W. J. Swan on the departure of Joseph Burley, Melbourne Observatory, 10 September 1890.

Significance

This poem offers a rare insight into the workplace life and culture of Melbourne Observatory during the 19th century. It captures the workplace camaraderie between the staff, describes neatly the work of the messenger, and evokes the weekly 'sausage fry' BBQ held each Friday.

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