Hope for a New Future 1853-1883
Taking the first step…
Our ancestors had a desire to improve their life, whether by choice or out of the necessity to just survive. Our ancestors had a desire to improve their lives. Times were hard and conditions harsh in Britain and Germany in the mid 1800’s. High Taxes, food, money, jobs, war and education were scarce; diseases rampant, sickness and fatality all around.
Whatever their reasons, they were brave, adventurous souls, filled with trepidation and aspirations. They made a choice to leave behind family and familiarity for:
Plentiful prospects to work and to build a future;
The promise of abundant fresh meats, fruits and vegetables;
A temperate climate to warm and heal their sickened bodies;
The lure to discover gold;
A strong sense of adventure to see new lands;
Romance of freedom to live in wide open spaces;
Perhaps to escape the shackles of a rigid ‘class system’;
Whatever their reasons, their desire were to surpass their current lives; they dared and they came to……Australia.
O’Far away-oh far away-
We seek a world o’er the ocean spray!
We seek a land across the sea,
Where bread is plenty and men are free,
The sails are set, the breezes swell-
England, our country, farewell! farewell!