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Friday, January 27, 2012

George Wright, the author of the Wright's Australian and American commercial directory and gazetteer: a complete handbook of trades, professions, commerce and manufactures in the Australian colonies, with lists of the American exporters and manufacturers, and traders of British India, says he did the bulk of the information-gathering himself!
The volume containing over 2000 pages was meant to appear at the beginning of 1879, but publication was delayed until 1881.
So the entry for John Mawbey, fruiterer, market lane, Mudgee may actually refer to what he was doing in 1878.
The work that has gone into this book is truly extraordinary!
Wright claimed it was the largest commercial directory ever published in the United States.