Why did so many make the long journey to Australia? Some were younger brothers in a large family where only the first born inherited the family farm. Others were caught up in the famine and hardship of Europe in the early 1800's.
|Powell family's voyage on the Irene|
Both Lucy and Emily wore their everyday clothes. In the black and white shots they appear to be dressed in black and I wonder if at the time they were in mourning.
|Cornelius and Mary Jane Powell|
|Marius and Louisa Jane Sorensen|
Until finally the Matriarch's death in 1909 is recorded in a tiny paragraph of a government report.