This issue of the Australasian also includes:
An advertisement for 'Dickens's works at English price' available from George Robertson, Melbourne. Works advertised are: The Pickwick Papers, Martin Chuzzlewit, Dombey and Son, Nicholas Nickleby, David Copperfield, The Old Curiosity Shop, Oliver Twist, Christmas Books and Barnaby Rudge.
An advertisement for 'Nimmo's Edition of the Poets', 'the cheapest, the most elegant, and the best adapted for presentation'. Poets include: Longfellow, Scott, Byron, Moore, Wordsworth, Cowper, Milton, Thomson, Goldsmith, Beattie, Pope, Burns, Chaucer and Shakespeare.
An advertisement for Nimmo's library edition of standard works including works by Shakespeare, Burns, Goldsmith, Josephus and the Arabian Nights. All are available from George Robertson, Melbourne.
An advertisement for Nimmo's Pocket Treasures including Epigrams and Literary Follies, Treasury of Poetic Gems, Beauties of the British Dramatists and works by Samuel Johnson and Williams Shakespeare. All are available at George Robertson's, Melbourne.
An advertisement for Nimmo's Common-place books', published in Edinburgh and available from George Robertson, Melbourne.
An advertisement for the London monthly The Young Ladies' Journal. The advertisement states that the magazine 'contains suitable reading for families, ... interesting to everybody at home and abroad'.
An advertisement for the Melbourne bookseller and stationer, Charles Muskett.
An advertisement for 'Emerson's Complete Works' (comprising two volumes), available from Samuel Mullen, 55 Collins-street east.
An advertisement for various collections of material for readings and recitals, and for popular entertainments, available from Charles Muskett, 78 Bourke-street east.
This extract from 'Our Own Reporter' focuses on the trials of accurately reporting politicians who speak rapidly. The writer prefers orators such as Gladstone and Disraeli who pronounce every word distinctly.
In his weekly overview of Melbourne's theatrical life, Jaques concentrates on the return to Melbourne of operatic soprano Anna Bishop and on the farewell performances of actor Walter Montgomery. Jaques also notes the performance of Dion Bouciault's Rip Van Winkle at the Duke of Edinburgh Theatre, mentions the upcoming production of W. B. Gill's Our City ('having been six weeks in preparation'), and comments briefly on the Gourlay family's entertainments at the Polytechnic.
An advertisement for various international works from London publisher Cassell, Petter and Galpin, available from George Robertson, 'sole agent for the Australian colonies'.