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The Waxworks

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The waxworks is a colonial industry; the more murderers, the more it thrives. The manufacturer always keeps a lot of bodies on hand, and immediately upon a malefactor being hanged pops a head upon one of them, advertises it, and in rush the public... In this museum may also be seen other enlivening little incidents in the murdering line, and also a cheerful lot of casts (taken after death) of celebrities whose decease has not been attributable to ill health.

Melbourne Punch June 1865

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