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Victorian Scrapbook: Newspaper Articles by George Burgess (1829-1905)

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Victorian Newspapers Scrapbook

Victorian Newspapers Scrapbook

A Victorian Scrapbook by George Burgess

The scrapbook of over 500 Victorian newspaper articles collected by George Burgess during his working life between the 1840s and 1900s are mostly undated from British and American newspapers which he collected from when he was America completing his apprenticeship in stonemasonry. When he ran out of space in his Victorian Scrapbook he stuck the newer newspaper articles over the older ones; a few have come adrift over time and most of the newspaper cuttings have deteriorated with age.

A 19th Century Scrapbook

19th Century American and British Newspaper Articles Saved By George Burgess in His Scrapbook

The Complete Copy of this Victorian scrapbook (Victorian Newspapers) can be viewed on Nathanville (my genealogy website).

The Victorian Scrapbook is notable as it gives insight into George Burgess as a person and shows what his interests were.

These Victorian era newspaper articles saved by him in his Victorian Scrapbook cover the following subjects:

  • Family
  • Health
  • Education
  • Humour
  • Poetry
  • Politics
  • History
  • Religion
  • Science
  • Nature
  • Temperance, and
  • Victorian Culture (Society)

Sample Article from the Scrapbook

The Managing Housewife

The Managing Housewife

Phrenology Head Inkwell

Who Was George Burgess?


George Burgess was a phrenologist by profession. He was born into Victorian society and he loved reading and writing.

When he was young, and before settling down to married life in Bristol (his birth place) he visited America three times, which is where he developed his views on life and learned the art of phrenology. Not only did he compile his own scrapbook but he also wrote his own diary, poems, his religious thoughts and at least two books on Phrenology.

In his diary he wrote about his life and his family; his children, his parents and his grandfather, John Willis (a farmer at `The Batch', Hanham, near Bristol).

Phrenologist (humour) - Sample newspaper articles from the Scrapbook of George Burgess

Phrenologist (humour) - Sample newspaper articles from the Scrapbook of George Burgess

Phrenology map of the human head, used by George Burgess in his profession.

Phrenology map of the human head, used by George Burgess in his profession.

Learn About Phrenology

The Extended Family of George Burgess

In his diary George Burgess wrote his family history and family tree back to his grandfather. On my genealogy website not only have I transcribed his diary and most of his writings but I have also expanded upon his good works in a comprehensive genealogy section which now contains thousands of related people in an extended family.

In this article I’ve included selected extracts of articles from my website on:-

  • 'Mothers Last Words' by Mary Sewell (1797-1884), a touching story cherished by George Burgess
  • `The Stickler Roots' and Thomas Arthur VC, one of his daughters (Maud Lilley Burgess) married into the Stickler family and Thomas Arthur VC become her grandfather-in-law.

To read the full articles and see more on genealogy use the link below to my website.

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  • Nathanville Genealogy
    Genealogy and Victorian Culture. Family Research, mostly in South West England, with 10,000 family names in a free online comprehensive interactive family history tree database. Also wealth of information on the Victorian Culture.

Mothers Last Words By Mary Sewell (1797 - 1884)

George Burgess loved reading and one of the booklets he cherished and kept, and which has since been passed down through the generations is Mother's Last Words by Mary Sewell.

Mary Sewell, the mother of Anna Sewell (the author of `Black Beauty') was born into the Quaker faith in 1797, and lived at the Blue Lodge, Wick from 1858 to 1864. She had a great love of poetry and wrote `Mother's Last Words' (which sold millions of copies throughout the world) while living at Wick, near Bristol. George Burgess, himself a great lover of poetry spent his earlier years reading and writing down that which appealed to him, including `Mother's Last Word' which he copied word for word into an exercise book. The booklet reproduced on Nathanville is a copy of that original booklet which George Burgess bought for his enjoyment.

Mother's Last Words

Mother's Last Words

The Stickler Roots

Pvlcrecerce to Brigstowe

Maud Lilley Burgess (a daughter of George Burgess) joined the Stickler family when in 1906 she married Albert Thomas Arthur Stickler (grandson of Thomas Arthur VC).

On Nathanville read the full story of the Pucklechurch Stickler's; the history of the Stickler family from Thomas Stickler and Jane Mealing in the 18th Century to their descendants around the world. In this journey follow the lives of:-

  • The Joint & Richard families as they join the Sticklers
  • The Stickler families in America and Canada
  • Thomas Arthur VC (real name Thomas McArthur), and
  • The Australian Stickler branch as they join the Bang family from Denmark, and their Australian descendants.
The Joint family, who married into the Stickler family

The Joint family, who married into the Stickler family

Thomas Arthur VC

Gunner Thomas Arthur of Abbotsham, VC of Bideford

Thomas Arthur VC (aka Thomas McArthur) being the grandfather of Albert Thomas Arthur Stickler (son-in-law) of George Burgess.

It was June 1855 and twenty-year-old Gunner and Driver Thomas Arthur (aka Thomas McArthur), a member of the Royal Artillery Regiment, was with his artillery battery in an advanced position at Sebastopol. The British were attacking the Russians in an endeavour to capture a place known as the Quarries. Thomas Arthur was in charge of the ammunition magazine but his deeds went well beyond that call of duty. The fighting was intense and he realised that infantry of the 7th Fusiliers were short of ammunition. Despite having to cross open ground, under fire from the enemy, he made repeated runs carrying supplies of ammunition. Eleven days later, he volunteered to lead a party to spike the guns of the Russian artillery positioned at the Redan Fort, a fortified gun position. On top of this, there were numerous times when he left the trenches to bring in wounded officers and men. For this combination of heroic actions, he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Thomas Arthur VC

Thomas Arthur VC

More about Thomas Arthur VC on the web

The Victorian Era

A Period in History of Political and Social Reforms and Technological Achievements

Many civilisations across the world saw great advancements during this time, but what do you think.

Florence Eveline Jenner (1901-1994)

Grand Daughter-in-law of George Burgess

This short video was made by me in honour of Florence Jenner 1901-1994. Florence Jenner married Edward William Burgess Baglin, the grandson of George Burgess (son of Gertrude Rosa Burgess). In this video (a slideshow of Florence Jenner) she speaks a little welsh before playing the accordion.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2007 Arthur Russ

Your Comments

Arthur Russ (author) from England on June 13, 2017:

Thanks for all your comments, it's been a delight reading them.

RestlessKnights on February 03, 2014:

It's kind of hard to pick one thing out. There were important economic and social reforms, breakthroughs in science and technology, amazing authors, fantastic architecture etc. I think it's a fascinating era.

WriterJanis2 on November 09, 2012:

What a historical era with so much to be learned.

Funkysi on September 29, 2012:

Interesting lens about history and Victorian Scrapbook

anonymous on September 25, 2012:

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anonymous on September 16, 2012:

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anonymous on September 03, 2012:

The Victorian era seemed to hold the past and the future in one hand and so many choices were made to go with progress that we have all benefitted from and we can be grateful to George Burgess for saving some of this history for us all.

AJ from Australia on February 12, 2012:

Great lens - thank you.

David Lawrence from United States on December 13, 2011:

Excellent llens! Blessed.

jmjdnd on December 02, 2011:

This lens is excellent!!! I like the picture of old tattered newspaper, it was so interesting to read it.

SiochainGraSonas on November 21, 2011:

I had fun reading this. Great lens!

beckwong on May 05, 2011:

great lens :)

diabolus lm on November 23, 2010:

Excellent information, thank you!

anonymous on October 18, 2009:

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Thomas F. Wuthrich from Michigan on July 10, 2009:

Lots of fun reading this excellent little window into the Victorian era.

religions7 on June 02, 2009:

Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

religions7 on June 02, 2009:

Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

Spook LM on May 24, 2009:

A great read

Janusz LM on April 18, 2009:

Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

Robin Forlonge Patterson from New Zealand on March 09, 2009:

Very good lens, thank you.

There is a growing amount of that sort of material on the (free) genealogy Wikia site, which has easy ways of linking pages about related subjects. Generally each individual or place is given a separate page, but there are many "family" pages too. Anyone can contribute.

Your readers can get a feel for it and some introductory links at

PolyScholar LM on November 08, 2008:

My vote goes for the development in the decorative arts, especially as it manifested itself in the design of the Victorian home and Victorian furniture. Thanks for the lens. I really like the story about Thomas Arthur. Antique Victorian Furniture

anonymous on August 05, 2008:


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anonymous on May 02, 2008:

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Tiddledeewinks LM on February 20, 2008:

Great 5 star lens. I'll have to return when I can read more!

poutine on December 11, 2007:

I learned a lot about George Burgess in your lens.

Well done. Rated 5 stars.


anonymous on May 29, 2007:

Very, Very Nicely Laid Out! I Really Enjoyed My Visit To Your Lens.

Arthur Russ (author) from England on March 18, 2007:

Well spotted, Victorian Architecture should be on the list. This has now been remedied.

patinkc from Midwest on March 16, 2007:

Can't say about "most significant." You didn't list my favorite, Victorian architecture.

giddygabby on March 02, 2007:

I am, abashadly, not deeply informed about matters Victorian, but my public television experiences and my love of literature suggest writing and literature and their authors because, thanks to the proliferation of the printing press, they influenced everything else. That then suggests technology ...

Arthur Russ (author) from England on February 24, 2007:

I think all of the above played their part in making the Victorian Era what it was, but deciding the MOST significant factor is not so easy.

If you have a view then please let us know here.

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