number of works which have been written on New South Wales, it has
appeared to me that none of them has given that kind of information
which is most useful to the intending emigrant, and most interesting to
those at home, who have relatives unfortunate enough to live in the lone
and far bush,—such a distinct account of the actual experiences of a
settler, as would enable the stranger arriving in the colony to form a
due estimate of what he has to bear, and what he ought to avoid.
In the following pages I have endeavoured to give a general outline of
my life and proceedings in the colony; pointing out the discomforts,
annoyances, losses, and dangers, to which the settler is exposed, and
showing the recompense to which, in the long run, he may look forward.
Should I be so fortunate as to suggest any useful hints for the guidance
of those who are about to emigrate, or to enable the friends whom they
leave behind to appreciate their position, and their chances of success
in Australia, I shall consider myself amply repaid for my labours. And
with this advice I conclude: —Let no one who can live at home be too
eager to seek his fortune in a distant land.
London, December, 1850
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