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George Bayley George Bayley i(7404868 works by)
Born: Established: 1840 ; Died: Ceased: 1894
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1860
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The Rev. George Bayley, MA (Oxon), translated several Italian works into English, including the versification Fifty Fables for Little Folks (1861). He also compiled indexes to some of the satires of Persius and Juvenal.

During the 1860s, Bayley lived at Hunter's Hill, Sydney, from where he accepted day pupils and boarders. In mid-1868, Bayley asked to be added to the list of licensed clergy within the Church of England in the Diocese of Sydney. His request was refused and this led to a conflict, played out publicly in the pages of the Sydney Morning Herald, between Bayley and the local Church of England authorities.

In mid-1869, Bayley gave instructions to auctioneers J. B. North & Co. for the sale of his library, 'comprising all the standard works of the day in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, English, German, French and Italian, in all 1500 volumes, many of which cannot be procured in the colonies, and others now out of print' (Sydney Morning Herald, 12 August 1869: 7). The auction took place over three days from 17 to 19 August 1869. Nineteenth century digitised newspapers (accessed via Trove in May 2014) provide no further information about Bayley after this time.

Most Referenced Works


  • Bayley placed an advertisement in the Sydney Morning Herald on 25 June and 2 July 1862 seeking subscriptions for the publication of a two-volume work: ‘Notes, Critical, Grammatical, and explanatory on La Gerusalemme Liberata, of Torquato Tasso; together with a Clavis, wherein is shown, by comparison of passages, the acceptation of many words and phrases not only in this, but also in other Italian Classic authors; followed by various Indexes, exhibiting at one view many peculiarities and licenses in Italian poetry’. He also sought subscriptions in 1868 for the four-part publication, to appear in six-monthly instalments, of a 'copious index to all the subject matter of Juvenal and Perius's Satires, with brief index notes, critical and mythological'. Neither of these works appears to have been published.

    Sources: Sydney Morning Herald, 25 June 1862: 8 and the Empire, 2 December 1868: 1.

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