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Sunday, 3 June 2012

Bound For South Australia .....

On a recent visit to our Migration Museum I was interested to note the
promotional material mid 1800's ...  enticing people to come to our state.

"Free  passage to a free colony where there are no convicts sent
and where every person who emmigrates is free"

"The province of South Australia is a delightfully fertile and salubrious country"

I'm quite sure when these immigrants first arrived they must have wondered
about the fertile and salubrious bit, but never-the-less
many went on to make a good living out of the land and
didn't regret the initial hardships.

These bronze scuptures form part of "The Immigrants"
a monument situated in Settlers Square
crafted by Italian sculpture
Aurelio Forte Laan

~ A British Family awaiting their departure to the promised land ~
I've never had good sea-legs in fact standing on a jetty will turn me green
therefore I have nothing but admiration for these early settlers who left their
extended families to journey for many months on high seas in search of a better life
for themselves and their children.
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Valerie said...

Some great studies here Dianne. One can't help but admire the spirit of adventure, determination and persistence our forebears must have possessed - not to mention straight out courage (doubtless the promotional marketing of the day played its part)! Thanks for sharing this insight into early South Australia.

Carole M. said...

interesting post Dianne and aren't those broze sculptures excellent?!

Joe said...

I am with your Dianne. The early settlers must have been so brave. I often take a visit to Station Pier in Melbourne which is where most immigrants to Melbourne first laid foot on Victorian soil. Many had no money, couldn't speak English and left most of their family behind. We fortunate that they took there brave steps to give us a better life.

diane b said...

You have some great sculptures in SA. The immigrants are to be remembered in awe for the struggle they had to make it in this harsh and different land. Although my parents came later in 1949, they still had a struggle which I have written about on me blog. (sidebar) The advertisement in those days was "Come to the land of sunshine, milk and honey " My dad used to sing this when rain prevented him from building our house, while we lived firstly in a tent and later in a shed.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

A free land with a new start. I also admire their courage and bravery and am grateful they did make that choice.

Rae Walter said...

I have been equally amazed at the human spirit of the European settlers Dianne. Great post and especially love the first image.

VP said...

Powerful and even romantic monument! I like boats, but I am not much seaworthy myself...

Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

Wonderful sculptures and of course there are people still seeking the hardships of emmigration to get to their promised land.

Stephanie said...

Those bronze sculptures are exquisite.

Nadege, said...

What wonderful details in the statues. We came over on P&O Arcadia back in 1969, it was quite an adventure for a 14yr old, but certainly not as hard as some of the early settlers.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Me too Dianne, can you imagine what the conditions would have been like also in those days, would not have been any 'cruise' that's for sure! The sculptures are wonderfully done, the enigmatic expressions captured perfectly.

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting post, you prepared a great article, congratulations!