They’ve almost become a recounting of a way of life. The Australian way of life. I’ve become aware too of my little band of readers. Some of you are fellow Australians, others in Canada, England , Denmark, Russia, The Netherlands and America and some most naturally are in Ecuador. But I’m always intrigued with the readers from other more remote parts of the world.
My ancestors came from Scotland, England, Wales and the Fiji Islands, and one from the United States; Stan’s from the English counties, Scotland, Denmark and Germany. Some came as settlers, but a few arrived in chains.
(Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales)
“An Acte for Punyshment of Rogues, Vagabonds and Sturdy Beggars .” This law stated that, “Obdurate idlers shall...be banished out of this Realm...and shall be conveyed to such parts beyond the seas as shall be...assigned by the Privy Council.”
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|Painting by unknown artist: National Library of Australia|
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