The disappearing assistant
The number of Assistants on the Jurors Lists dropped from 479 to 265 over just two years. Did they all go to that great photocopier in the sky?
Fortunately, no. Instead, the people compiling the 1896 list took more interest in a juror's occupation, instead of just accepting the general description "Assistant". It's good news for us, as we get a clearer picture of who was doing what at the time.
We've already noted that two of the big businesses in 1894 were sugar and ships. The 1896 list confirms it:
- First we find twelve jurors with the new job title, "Sugar Boiler".
- Second is a large group of engineers with "Foreman" in their job title. The 1894 list only had one: "Foreman Engineer". By '96 there are 27 people reporting "Foreman something" as their occupation, where the "something" includes Blacksmiths, Sawyers, Shipwrights, and our old friend the Moulder.
Entertainments took a hit, with the four people in the piano trade dropping to one. As a small compensation, a Fiddler joins the list for the first time. I'm also a little disappointed to see the single "Teacher of Officers and Engineers" leave the lists. Surely he brought a little extra class to the proceedings?
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- 1894: Assistant @ 66%, Merchant @ 9.4%, Broker @ 4.3%
- 1896: Assistant @ 34%, Clerk @ 22%, Merchant @ 8.8%
|1||Acting Chief Accountant|
|1||Acting General Manager|
|1||Architect & Surveyor|
|1||Assistant Works Manager|
|2||2||Bill and Bullion Broker|
|1||Broker and Merchant|
|1||1||Professor of Music|
|1||Teacher of Officers and Engineers|