The 1855 Diary of Charles Moore, English Immigrant to Australia
on the Constitution
2012 Reprint, with amendments and additions
hopes' of a better life, the newly married Charles and Louisa Moore
set sail for Australia in 1855 on the emigrant ship Constitution.
In a moving
example of history written "from below" Charles, a plasterer
by trade, kept a detailed diary of the voyage, of the time spent
in quarantine on arrival, and of his first week working in Sydney
verve and humour, his diary tells of ice bergs, smallpox, storms,
births and deaths, and the rituals and routines of life at sea.
voyage was discussed at length in official correspondence of the
day - now printed here along with the diary. A list compiled in
1855 of all the immigrants is included.
We also read
of the 50th anniversary organised by the survivors in 1905, as well
as 20 stories of Constitution immigrants' lives in Australia, written
in 2005 by their descendants.
gives a rich, rounded picture of immigrant life in the 1850s and
Rob Wills, editor
of humin hopes, is a descendant of Constitution immigrants James
and Jane Spring.
is not only the publication of a rare diary, but is a perspective
of shipboard life, of the hopes and fears of immigrants to Australia
and of the realities of quarantine. It will resonate with all who
have ancestors who emigrated to Australia in the days of sail."
Professor John Pearn, University of Queensland
Executive Member, International Society of the History of Medicine.
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