Emigrant Choices: Following Emigrant Labourers on the Cusp of the Age of Mass Migration
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Ing places a spotlight on emigrant labourers who applied for and were accepted to receive assisted passage to the proposed colony of South Australia, but did not embark. This research utilises digitised, transcribed and indexed resources available in immense and granular datasets, allowing the places where emigrant lives briefly touch the public record to become visible. By focusing on the available choices and outcomes for potential emigrants, this chapter illuminates diverging paths to competing destinations such as New South Wales, Van Diemen’s Land, Canada and the United States, but also finds evidence of marriage, childbirth and tragedy which delayed or halted emigration plans.
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