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The British to the Antipodes / Jill Kitson
Bib ID 271949
Format BookBook
Author
Kitson, Jill
 
Description London, Gentry Books, 1972 
vii, 118 p. illus., facsim., maps. 23 cm. 
ISBN 0856140171
Series

Great emigrations ; 2.

Summary

Pickpockets and thieves from the slums of eighteenth-century Britain pioneered Australia: convicts shipped out under governmental and military guard, withou the vital assistance of farmers or skilled craftsmen, without efficient tools or breeding stock, without adequate upplies of clothing, medicine, or food. Yet the settlement survived its first desperate five years, and in the early years of the nineteenth century began to prosper as the great wool industry developed. With the introduction of assisted emigration in the 1830s a stream of British paupers flowed into New South Wales, to be followed twenty years later by an unprecedented influx - the independent and ambitious gold-diggers - seeking their fortunes on the gold-fields of Australia and later New Zealand. By the turn of the century, many first-generation Australian and New Zealanders were anxious to demonstrate their independence. Yet despite the distince national characteristics of each country, arising mainly from the differing emigration patterns, their ties with the 'Old Country' remain. (inside front cover)

The Great Emigrations series does not merely cover the dry-as-dust historical facts relating to mass population movements. For history to come alive, one needs above all to know the social implications, the individual human story - the reasons that impelled people to leave their homeland, the successes and tragedies they experienced in adapthing to the hard and challenging life of the pioneer. It is this full rounded story, authenticated by deep research into contermpaorary documents, which is the aim and object of the series.

Notes

Bibliography: p. 113-114.

Subjects Race relations - Attitudes.  |  Settlement and contacts - Settlers.  |  Settlement and contacts - English.  |  Settlement and contacts - Penal colonies / Convicts.  |  Great Britain -- Emigration and immigration -- History.  |  Australia -- Emigration and immigration -- History.  |  New Zealand -- Emigration and immigration -- History.  |  New Zealand (NZ)  |  Australia.

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