[FORD, C. P.]
[SYDNEY]. Remarks for the use of emigrants
By the author of “The emigrant family”. London : Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1850. Emigrant Tracts – No. XI. Duodecimo, printed wrappers (stained), pp. 23, engraved plate, a few stains.
Charming practical guide for the general process of emigration, including life aboard the ship, how to keep one in good health, stay in good spirits etc, with an engraving of emigrants on the ship’s deck. The last six pages are titled ‘Lodging in Sydney’ and are dedicated on where to stay in Sydney, with suggestions offered depending on one’s wealth. ‘The cheapest houses are in the suburbs, Chippendale, Surrey Hills, Balmain, &c., but they are all very dear compared with England’. ‘Many respectable people with families go to reside in Parramatta, a dull town about sixteen miles from Sydney, where houses are very cheap, and from whence to Sydney there are coaches and steamers several times a day’. ‘Servants are very independent in New South Wales, female servants especially, which makes housekeeping very disagreeable and very expensive’.
A rare and ephemeral guide to emigrating to the colony in New South Wales, a valuable primary document on the experiences of an emigrant aboard their long maritime journey and the days following arrival in Sydney.
Two examples located in Australian libraries (National Library of Australia, University of Queensland Library)