janilye - 7th generation, Convict stock. Born in New South Wales now living in Victoria, carrying, with pride 'The Birthstain'.
In the 1840's and 50's most adults had come from somewhere else and part of the everyday greeting was "What ship did you come out on?"
We're still asking that question!
Many were assisted government immigrants and thereby quite well documented.
It is the free settlers on the smaller ships that are amongst the hardest to find.
The servants nigh impossible because the passenger did not feel the need to offer names.
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