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A rich tapestry: voices

'You would wish to know how I like this country, I can say that on the whole, I like it well; I do not repent of the step I took of emigrating to South Australia...'
Letter from Edward Child, Mt Remarkable, 1 June 1856

Migrants from many places and various circumstances relate their experiences in letters, diaries, and oral histories. Read their own words and listen to their stories for first-hand accounts of their journeys, arrivals and the places in which they settled in a new homeland.

These accounts from immigrants bound for South Australia detail different incentives,perspectives and experiences, ranging from those of early immigrants to the colony in the 1800s, to twentieth century migrants, displaced peoples and refugees.All their memories are keenly observed and recorded, highlighting the history of immigration policies and the resulting cultural diversity in this state.

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"Life in the colony as an immigrant" : extract from let
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Arrival and progress of a colonist
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Colonists' experiences: Sarah Mundon
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Colonist's observations
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Description of farm at Rowland Flat
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Effect of Victorian gold rush on South Australia
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Experiences of State Migration Officer : extract from o
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Experiences of teaching in a detention centre
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Experiences of war : Resistance movement in wartime War
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Immigrant's experiences : Horst Salomon: extract from o
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Immigrant's experiences: Evangelos Tsakalos - extract f
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Immigrant's experiences: leaving England in the 1950s
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