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A W Dobbie and clairvoyancy
Title : A W Dobbie and clairvoyancy A W Dobbie and clairvoyancy
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Creator : Duryea, Townsend, 1854-1925, photographer
Source : Chronicle pictorial pages, 16 June 1906, p. 29
Date of creation : 1906
Format : Newspaper
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Alexander Dobbie was born in Glasgow in 1848 and arrived in Adelaide with his family in 1851. Trained as a brass founder, at the age of 19 he opened his own business. The AW Dobbie foundery became well known for a range of iron goods for farm and household use, and including Dobbie's own inventions. He was said to have been the first in the southern hemisphere to invent a working telephone, as well as a phonograph and microphone. Dobbie was a member of the Methodist Church, but from 1878 became interested in hypnosis and clairvoyancy. His 'lady clairvoyant' gained something of a reputation in Adelaide for finding the whereabouts of lost items.

Related names :

Dobbie, A.W. (Alexander Williamson), 1843-1912

Coverage year : 1906
Place : Adelaide (S. Aust.)
Further reading :
Dobbie, A.W. 'Clairvoyance in Adelaide', Adelaide observer, 8 January 1887, p. 42
Reed, John R. Victorian conventions, [Athens]: Ohio University Press, [1976]
Warburton, Elizabeth, 'Dobbie, Alexander Williamson (1843-1912)', Australian dictionary of biography, supplementary volume, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2005, pp. 103-104
Internet links :
Australian dictionary of biography online: search for Alexander Williamson Dobbie



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