James Hardy Vaux's 1819 Dictionary of Criminal Slang and Oth
Â From the award-winning author and illustrator Simon Barnard comes an embellished version of Australia's first ever dictionary, published on its 200-year anniversary.
- Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd
- Publish Date
- August 2019
In the early 1800s magistrates in the Australian colonies were often frustrated by the language used by reoffending convicts to disguise their criminal activities and intensions. Convict clerk James Hardy Vaux came up with a useful idea- a dictionary of slang and other terms used by convicts. And so, in 1819, he compiled what was to be Australia's first published dictionary.