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Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 A Land of Promise : An Account of Jacob Isaacs, Jewish Convict and Benjamin Isaacs, Christian Printer and Publisher
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‘Around the turn of the 19th century a young Jew, Jacob Isaacs, and his son, Benjamin, were enduring the oppressive social and economic conditions in the east London district of Whitechapel. They ranked at the low end of the social scale and lived chiefly by their wits in the alleys and lanes of Georgian London. Jacob had been trained as a hatter but, driven by pervasive poverty and an eye for quick gain, he engaged in criminal activities that resulted in his transportation, on two separate occasions, to the penal colony, of New South Wales. Benjamin avoided the orientation of his father when a charitable London institution intervened to instill Christian beliefs, and to provide an education and an apprenticeship in the printing trade. He migrated free to New South Wales where he was responsible for establishing the first newspaper at Parramatta and Bathurst. In a career spanning a lifetime dedicated to the printed word, he was also associated with the early newspaper press of Sydney, Windsor, Goulburn and New Zealand. This account investigates their lives from the adverse circumstances of Whitechapel to the opportunities presented in a new land half a world away.’ (Publisher’s blurb)


  • Dedication: To my mother and to the memory of Jacob and Benjamin Isaacs.
  • Epigraph: I'm haunted by's not only the things that we've inherited from our fathers and mothers that live on in us, but all sorts of old dead ideas and old dead beliefs, and things of that sort. There're not actually alive in us, but they're rooted there all t he same, and we can't rid ourselves of them. I've only to pick up a newspaper, and when I read it I seem to see ghosts gliding between the lines. I should think there must be ghosts all over the country - as countless as the grains of sand. And we are, all of us, so pitifully afraid of the light. Mrs Alving, in Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, Act Two

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Kambah, Tuggeranong area, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,: Kris Jacobsen , 2009 .
      Extent: xiv, 188pp.
      Description: illus. maps. ports. facsims.
      ISBN: 9780646508658
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  • London,
    United Kingdom (UK),
    Western Europe, Europe,
  • Sydney, New South Wales,
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