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"Never was a continent naturally so clean, and made so dirty, as Australia. There was not an animal pest, scarcely a vegetable pest; fools and the old world supplied them all." ~ Randolph Bedford

 

Randolph Bedford was an Australian writer working during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His personal papers are held in the John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Australia.
The collection (OM79-72, Randolph Bedford Papers), consists of around 22 boxes of Manuscripts, Poems, Articles, Reviews, Sketches, Caricatures, Photographs, Letters and Documents. 
A Bibliography was compiled by researchers Ross Smith and Cheryl Frost. It is available online through Open Journals. Many of the articles listed can be searched in the relevant collections archived on Trove, the Australian National Library's online archive.
Contemporary standards now call into question, the attitudes and language of those writing for the popular press during earlier times, but amid the controversial, there are also delights and insights to be discovered along the way. 

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