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Letter - R. Gatward to Polly, Life on the Goldfields, 11 Oct 1858 Reg. No: HT 3535
- Three page handwritten letter from R. Gatward to 'My Dearest Polly', dated 11 October 1858. It was written while Gatward was working on the diggings at Tanangower [Tarrengower?], Victoria.
The letter has been written on a wrapper for 'The Polygot Newsletter, a summary in English, French, German and Spanish, for Transmission to Europe'. The Polygot was printed and published for the proprietors at the 'Punch' Office, Melbourne, October 1858. The wrapper has an etching of 'View on the Yarra near Dight's Mills' by F. Grusse on its front. The newsletter is an early example of a publication produced in several different languages, an indication of the 'multi-cultural' nature of the population of Victoria in the 1850s.
R. Gatward was a miner who came from Bedfordshire and appears to have worked in a draper's shop before emigrating. He writes that he has been unsuccessful on the diggings: 'After leaving you I expected to meet with many hardships and discomforts, and in that I have not been disappointed, but I certainly did not expect they would extend over such a length of time'. The letter gives an indication of the homesickness felt by many young men, especially those who came to Australia to make their fortune and were disappointed.
- Three page letter, handwritten on a wrapper for the Polygot Newsletter. The wrapper has an etching of 'View on the Yarra near Dight's Mills' by F. Grusse on its front.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Mr Brian Burton, 2004
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|Tagged with:||gold, immigrant voyages, settlement, correspondence, goldfields, english immigration, gold mining, health well-being|
|Themes this item is part of:||Domestic & Community Life Collection, Migration Collection, Reuben Gatward, English Migrant, 1852|
|Secondary Classification:||Settlement - Cultural & Social Life|
|Sender:||R. Gatward, Tanangower, Victoria, Australia, 11 Oct 1858|
|Addressed To:||Polly, Luton, England, Great Britain, 11 Oct 1858|
|Other Association (See Comments):||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Oct 1858
Place and date of publication for the Polygot, which the letter was written on.