Charles De Boos i(73 works by) (a.k.a. Charles Edward Augustus De Boos; Chas. De Boos)
Also writes as: John Smith ; Redde Pepper ; Peter Pick ; Theodore Aurelius Midge
Born: Established: 24 May 1819 London,
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England,
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United Kingdom (UK),
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Western Europe, Europe,
; Died: Ceased: 30 Oct 1900 Ryde, Ryde - Gladesville - Hunters Hill area, Northwest Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1839
Heritage: English
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BiographyHistory

After emigrating to Australia as a young man and failing in an attempt at becoming a pastorlist on the Hunter river, Charles de Boos launched a journalistic career in Sydney with The Sydney Monitor and subsequently The Sydney Gazette. In 1851 he went to Melbourne and was commissioned by The Argus to write on the Victorian goldfields, later becoming a shorthand writer for the Victorian Legislative Council. In 1856 he returned to Sydney and began a long and distinguished career as parliamentary reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald. He continued to visit and report on goldfields, and in 1862 would bring together the somewhat disparate worlds of prospectors and parliamentarians with the creation of the writing persona 'Mr. John Smith', a countryman who narrated parliamentary scenes in a colloquial language termed 'Strine'.

De Boos' knowledge of the goldfields, amply documented through his journalism, was also displayed when he gave evidence to royal commission on the mines in 1870, which in turn lead to his appointment in 1875 as a mining warden and magistrate in the Riverina district of New South Wales. Some controversy clouded his tenure as a warden, and he retired in 1889. In his retirement he returned to writing, publishing several short stories.

Notes

  • De Boos also edited for publication a lecture by R L Jenkins "Universal Education" (1859).
  • De Boos may also have employed the pseudonym Pleeseman A, under which satirical verse on colonial politics and the New South Wales parliament were published in the early 1860s.
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