Issue Details: First known date: 2012 2012
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  • 'A cheque sent by Charles Dickens to help his sons find their feet in Australia has been acquired by the National Library in Canberra. The 143-year-old cheque, signed with a flourish by the writer, is now on display in the library's Treasures Gallery. Never cashed, the Coutts bank cheque for pound stg. 100 was destined for two of Dickens's children, Alfred and Edward. The latter was his youngest son. Dickens never visited Australia but believed it was a land of opportunity and so, like many characters in his popular novels, sent his two boys across the seas to find their fortune down under.' Source: AAP

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    y The Australian 13 December 2012 Z1907500 2012 newspaper issue 2012 pg. 14
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