An extraordinary investigation


Newspapers were state of the art technology in 1833. Provincial regional newspapers in this period were rare and expensive. They were often produced from a 'cut and paste' mix of news articles from London, local stories and regional advertisements. The stamp tax, advertisement duty and paper tax applied to newspapers placed them out of the reach for many.

On Monday 28 January 1833 the Sussex Advertiser featured an article titled Extraordinary Investigation covering the story of 24-year-old actor Eliza Edwards. Found dead and the body unclaimed, Edwards is taken to St Guys Hospital for an autopsy, where it is discovery that they are ‘a perfect male’. 

Full title:
Sussex Advertiser, 1833.
1833, Sussex
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Public Domain
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British Library
British Newspaper Archive NEWS827

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