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Letter - John Hollway to Family in England, Melbourne, 22 Oct 1852 Document Reg. No: HT 27952

Ten page, handwritten letter, written by John Hollway on 22 October, 1852, four days after his arrival in Melbourne from England on 18 October 1852 on board the 'Panama'. The letter is signed by John on behalf of George, Sarah Ann and Mary. The letter contains a description of the family's initial settlement as well as the ship voyage from Plymouth to Hobson's Bay. This includes reports of births on board ship, shipboard conditions, the Crossing the Equator celebrations, and arrival. He describes their struggles to find accommodation in Melbourne, types of housing, businesses and trades and a description of Emerald Hill where the family settled. John gained employment at Hyam's store and his early impressions of Melbourne are favourable.
Letter, 10 pages plus cover bound by loose black thread stitching at spine. The letter has been folded vertically, front cover blank but with handwritten title on back cover (when folded appears on front of document). Pages are written on front side of pages only, each hand numbered commencing from '1' on first written page (10 in all). First page dated Sunday Oct 22/52.
Statement Of Significance:
This letter provides valuable insights into mid-nineteenth century migrant voyage and settlement experiences. Its early descriptions of Melbourne are evocative of the early period of Melbourne's development, particularly in the immediate gold rush years.
Acquisition Information:
Donation, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 200 mm (Height), 132 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: journal writing, shipboard travel, english immigration
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Shipboard Life
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Inscriptions: Hand written title: J. Holloways 1st letter to his Mother/January 1853
Author: Mr John Hollway, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 22 Oct 1852


Louise Posted on 22 Jan 2014 4:58 PM
A great letter... I'd love to read the additional pages if you can add them :)
D A Hollway Posted on 03 Nov 2014 2:16 PM
Terrific. This is a relative. Is it possible to get copy of letter?
Discovery Centre Posted on 05 Nov 2014 11:58 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi there,

All our 19th century migrant letters and diaries have recently been photographed cover to cover and the complete letter will be available to view here next year.

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