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Life of emigration
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Source : The life of emigration [dissected puzzle], Children's Literature Research Collection
Place Of Creation : London
Date of creation : 1840
Format : Game
Dimensions : 285 x 377mm (puzzle); 206 x 168 mm (box)
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

The dissected, or jigsaw, puzzle promotes the virtues and rewards of hard work for the emigrant going to Australia in a series of five vignettes covering the voyage, arrival, building a home and taking the first wool clip to market.

Hand coloured lithographed paper laid down on wood, the puzzle paints a picture of optimism, if one of hard work, for settlers in 'the Antipodes' through the series of vignettes.

The magazine Leisure Hour produced a series of articles in 1852 which were illustrated with remarkably similar illustrations. Whether the puzzle was instrumental or not in encouraging immigration to Australia, the rosy image it paints of Australia would have been intended for children and would have supported their learning about the new English colonies across the sea, and the wealth that could be won with hard but honest toil.

Related names :

South Australia

Coverage year : 1840
Period : 1836-1851
Place : South Australia
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
Internet links :

State Library of South Australia, General Information Factsheets Online: Children's Literature Research Collection

Atlas of South Australia: the course of settlement

Australian wool testing authority : Search for 'A Brief History of Wool in Australia'

The Antipodes Wikipedia

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