Farewell to Old England Forever

Farewell to Old England Forever

by Doug Limbrick


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The author’s objective is to explain, describe and evoke wonder about those people who chose to leave family and friends forever and sail half way around the world in a small vessel in order to emigrate to a remote place they had little knowledge about. In order to understand this story the reader needs to know what it was like in the colonies in the nineteenth century, how the home and colonial governments felt about emigration/immigration, what was involved in emigrating, the reasons why people emigrated, who decided to emigrate, what the emigrant vessels were like, what the emigrants experienced on this long sea passage and the experience on arrival.

Researched and written over a period of some eight years the book draws on a large number of original and old documents, manuscripts, monographs, letters, journals, diaries, ships logs and newspaper articles and a considerable amount of old and contemporary published material found in a number of the major Australian Libraries. The research work included investigating the vast amount of material copied onto microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project by the National Library of Australia and the State Library of NSW. As a result of this research the book includes many quotations from letters, diaries, newspaper articles and old documents to illustrate points and bring a nineteenth century perspective. The use of personal stories also adds interest and reality for the reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780646968261
Publisher: Publicious Pty Ltd
Publication date: 04/13/2017
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Doug Limbrick is a graduate of the Australian National University, Canberra. He has for many years worked in the area of social policy and has had many journal articles, monographs and reports published on various social issues. He has a deep personal interest in nineteenth century Australian history, particularly the story of those who emigrated from the United Kingdom and the vessels they sailed in to reach the Australian colonies. In his writing he combines his expertise in social issues with the research work he has undertaken exploring the circumstances of those people who sought a better life in the colonies in the nineteenth century. As a consequence he has spent much time examining the personal stories of those who emigrated in order to understand their experiences, the reasons they emigrated, the difficulties they encountered, the outcome of their passage and the vessels that carried them to the Australian colonies.

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