How often do you wonder exactly what a strange occupation on the census or certificate involved?
Of course, there are a number of books which describe different trades and occupations but these usually only give a short explanation. For example, a Cheirothecarius is a glove maker, and most records would use that term, however, the articles give more detail as to what was involved with a particular occupation.
|One of life's more perilous occupations.|
Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19290814-37-2
Each article is a minimum of one page and some are split into 3-4 parts over several issues. The occupations covered are varied, there are the usual suspects of agricultural labourer, nurse, shoemaker, midwife, etc but also include: lace cleaning, pugilist, cider maker, Proctor, Chapman, fuller, Mersey Flatmen, and English merchants in Aleppo to name a few.