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Letter - R. Gatward, Prahran, Melbourne to Polly, Luton, England, circa 1859 Document Reg. No: HT 3534

Four page handwritten letter from R. Gatward in Prahran, Victoria, to Polly in Luton, England, circa 1859. R. Gatward was a miner who came from Bedfordshire and appears to have worked in a draper's shop before emigrating.

This letter was written when Gatward was recovering from scurvy, the result of the lack of fresh fruit and vegetables on the goldfields. He talks about mutual acquaintances, and suggests the important role that friends made on board ship had for new settlers without family. He also talks of the difficulties of the diggings: 'Gold digging is a very precarious way of making a fortune. I do not say making a living for I think everyone can do that, but the privations and hardships are greater than I should like to put up with for just that ?'
Four pages of a letter, written in ink on good-quality notepaper.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Brian Burton, 2004
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: gold, immigrant voyages, settlement, correspondence, goldfields, english immigration, gold mining
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Migration Collection, Reuben Gatward, English Migrant, 1852
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Settlement - Cultural & Social Life
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Sender: R. Gatward, Prahran, Victoria, Australia, circa 1859
Addressed To: Polly, Luton, England, Great Britain, circa 1859

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