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Blog post from Monday, 15 September, 2014


Mark Twain, late 1895 / Falk Studios, 496 George Street, Sydney

“Truly Yours Mark Twain / Dec ‘95” — signature below the lower edge of the photograph, Mark Twain visited Australia in 1895.

“Mark Twain is really a brilliant conversationalist, and, when you touch a point beneath the good humouredly satirical armour of reserve that he wears, quick to reveal the more serious side of his nature. The great difficulty is to gather up his points as he branches from topic to topic, for his flight is as discursive as his fancy is untrammelled.

"What is humour?” he says with a laugh..“

extract from The Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 17 September, 1895

this account of his visit can be found in Trove.

The State Library of NSW has an extensive newspaper collection comprising about 1700 historical newspaper publications, including the Sydney Morning Herald.

Mark Twain arrived in Australia on this day, 15 September, in 1895.