Mr F Bevill and his Magic Lantern

One of the things I love about writing is the research and one of the things I love about researching is discovering new nuggets of knowledge. For instance, looking for events and daily news from 1882, I found an advertisement in the Sydney Morning Herald for Mr F Bevill MA, Headmaster at Royston College used an aphengescope during his lectures on geography at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts. Interesting particularly as one of the characters in my upcoming novel, Crossing the Line, is a botanical artist connected with the Royal society of NSW and employed to paint local flora (and fauna) for the Royal Society back home in London. Botanical artists were the wildlife photographers of the

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