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y separately published work icon Leisure Moments periodical  
Note: First issue was edited by 'Editress'; from Vol.5, no.1 editor-in-chief was J. Morton. With the incorporation of The Pilot from Vol.5, no.10, the latter's editor, the pseudonymous Cas-Hamba, took over editorship.
Issue Details: First known date: 1897... 1897 Leisure Moments
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Describing itself as 'a dainty and readable paper', Leisure Moments announced its purpose as providing 'something to interest everyone in the home circle'. It contained notes on people (vice-regal, mayoral, political) and on social events: concerts and recitals, at homes and salons, theatre, horse races, debutante balls, weddings, births, christenings, cricket, balls, and euchre. It provided a paper pattern service, 'so that those who live far back from our large towns and cities can be as prettily and fashionably dressed as people who live in Paris'. Its coverage of politics was exemplified by the heading for its coverage of the Boer War in December 1899: 'We, the waiting women...'. It also entered into the controversy over Lord Beauchamp: 'sometimes we feel "kind o' strange" with our new type of Governor - a young bachelor with artistic temperament - and with no lady at the head of Sydney Society.' A series on Employments of Women discussed typewriting and shorthand, the lady journalist, the hospital nurse, and the lunch and tea provider. From Vol.4 (1901), there was increasing emphasis on the theatre, as well as more political notes and photographs. This seems to have been associated with a change of management, from the proprietor Editress to J. Morton (editor-in-chief) and John W. Eedy (q.v., printer and publisher).


Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1897
      Sydney, New South Wales,: 1897-1903 .
      • Initially published by the Proprietor, from 1902 it was printed then published by John W. Eedy

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Vol.1 no.1 (Dec.1897) - Vol.6, no.8 (Aug. 1903)
Associated with Australian Home Journal (Vol.1, no.1: Dec. 1897); incorporated by The Scythe (vol.5, no.3: Feb. 1902); incorporating The Scythe (Vol.5, no.4: March 1902); incorporating Worth's Journal (vol.5, no.5: April 1902); incorporating The Pilot (Vol.5, no.10: Oct. 1902).
16 - 36pp.
Initially one penny, rising to two pence in March 1902 (Vol.5, no.4)
Line illustrations were replaced by photographs from Vol.3, no.3 (Feb. 1900). Vice-regal and political portraits were gradually replaced by theatrical performers.
Domestic and personal, including hairdressers, patent medicines.
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