Between 1873and her death in 1908, Mrs Frances Cashel Hoey, wife of the secretary to the Victorian agent-general in London, regularly contributed 'A Lady's Letter from London' for publication in the Melbourne weekly, the Australasian. This periodical was published from the Argus office, first appearing in 1864 and eventually becoming the Australasian Post in 1946. Its emphasis upon items of foreign interest apparently held more appeal for the Australian reader than the content of the more local periodicals, and unlike many -any Sydney magazines, 'in spite of the flagrant Australianism of its proprietors in political and financial affairs, the Australasian made no pretence at considering Australian culture, neither encouraging Australian writers nor offering them a market'.
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