Tui or Parson Bird Prosthemadera Novae Zealandiae. From: 'A history of the birds of New Zealand' by Walter Lawry Buller
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Leisure Hour

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1886

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A.H. Reed Collection, Heritage Collection, Dunedin Public Library

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London: Religious Tract Society

Abstract

The Leisure Hour: A Family Journal of Instruction and Recreation (1852-1905) was a weekly periodical published by the Religious Tract Society. Committed to providing the public with appropriate, moral reading for the Sabbath, the Leisure Hour was usually sold on a Saturday. The contents included religious poetry and stories from the Bible, along with articles detailing the work of missionaries, and fiction that upheld the RTS’s values. The publication was priced at a penny, making it accessible to working-class readers. It occasionally included colour plates, as is exemplified here by the rather startling image of a young man having his head measured by a phrenologist. Contributors included Margaret Oliphant, Frances Browne, and Mary and William Howitt.

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Religious Tract Society, “Leisure Hour,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed January 20, 2022, https://ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/10822.

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