The First of the Emigrants

Doerflinger provides context in the 1851 discovery of gold in Australia which was quickly followed by a rapid influx of emigrants. Captain A. H. Clark wrote that passengers from Britain increased from 100,000 to 340,000 per year during 1851-1854. Captain Patrick Tayleur said this song was often struck up to cheer the emigrants as they came aboard (among other times).

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