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No 84 December 2009

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The La Trobe Journal

is published by the State Library of Victoria Foundation twice yearly in May and December. Formerly the La Trobe Library Journal, it was published from 1968 to 1997 by the Friends of the State Library (since amalgamated with the State Library of Victoria Foundation).
Editorial Committee: John Arnold (Editor), Michael van Leeuwen, Shane Carmody, Anne Colman, Des Cowley, Kevin Molloy, Greg Kratzmann and Dianne Reilly. Administrative assistant: Taegan Munro.
Proof readers: Suzette Chapple, Anne Colman, Kevin Molloy, Terry O'Neill, and Lurline Stuart
Editorial address: Editor, The La Trobe Journal, State Library of Victoria Foundation, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000. E-mail: [email protected]
Contributions are invited on scholarly topics and are subject to refereeing.
Opinions expressed in The La Trobe Journal are those of the individual contributors and no responsibility is accepted for them by the Editorial Committee or the State Library of Victoria Foundation.
Copyright of material published in The La Trobe Journal is vested in the author, except where stated otherwise.
The State Library of Victoria Foundation acknowledges the support of the National Centre for Australian Studies, Faculty of Arts, Monash University, in providing time relief for the Editor.
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Members of the State Library of Victoria Foundation receive The La Trobe Journal free as part of their membership. Details of membership are given on the inside back cover. Subscriptions are not available to non-members.
Single copies (when available) may be purchased online through the Library Shop ( or directly from the State Library (ask at Foyer Desk).
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Illustration credits

Front cover: John Sands No. 1 Christmas card (135 × 167mm), issued 1881. Collection of Michael Aitken.
Back cover: Gibbs, Shallard & Co., two sided Christmas card (120 × 94mm plus fringe), issued 1884. Collection of Michael Aitken.
All other images are from the collections of the State Library and have been copied by the Imaging Studio, State Library of Victoria (as have the cover images), except for the photo on page 11 (supplied by Ian Hyndman), and figures 1 and 2, page 24, which are held by the Public Record Office of Victoria and figure 16, page 33, which is held at the University of Melbourne Archives. Copies have been supplied by these respective institutions and are reproduced with their kind permission.
The La Trobe Journal
No. 84 December 2009


Editorial 2
Michael Aitken Early Australian Christmas Cards and some examples produced in Victoria preserved by the Murtoa postmaster 3
Meredith Fletcher Becoming ‘Correa’: Jean Galbraith and ‘Australian Native Flowers’ 11
Stephen Gaunson The Mere Fancy Sketches of Ned Kelly 23
Kevin Molloy An Irish Radical and his Nephew: the papers of John Mitchel and Sir William Hill Irvine 34
Olga Tsara Agitation Propaganda Posters in the State Library of Victoria: production, perception, preservation 48
Christine Downer This Book Belongs to …: European bookplate collections in the State Library of Victoria 61
Terry Sawyer Setting the Scene: the theatre drawings of William Pitt 76
Daniela Kaleva Treasured Ephemera: chronicles of the early history of professional chamber music in Melbourne 93
Lawrence Warner The Gentleman's Piers Plowman: John Mitford and his annotated copy of the 1550 edition of William Langland's great poem 104
Terence O'Neill A Bibliography of the Works of Joan Lindsay 113
Endnotes 119
Notes on Contributors 132
The LA Trobe Journal is edited by John Arnold and published twice a year by the State Library of Victoria Foundation.
ISSN 1441-3760