The Natal Mercury announced on 12 July 1854 that the barque Golden Age (Captain W Jones) would at last depart for
The strongly negative comments published in the same paper on 1 February of that year apparently did not change the Golden Age passengers' minds about their destination. Under the heading '
July 12 - Golden Age, bq [barque]
W Jones - for Melbourne -
|Natal Mercury 12 July 1854|
Mr Bayley and two children
H Baker, wife and two children
J Matters, wife and four children
HJ Gale, wife and children
G St. Paul
Mrs Glover and three children
J Canning and wife
Mrs Williams and two children
T Poynton, wife and child
Heath, bq. 307 tons, -
John Millar and Co. agents.
Queen, schr. 104 tons - R Thomson - for Mauritius
EP Lamport, agent.
E Snell, agent.
Leontine Mary, schr. 29 tons - G Henwood
E Snell, agent.
The A1 Schooner 'Queen', Captain R Thomson; in order to give Shippers to
For Freight to and back from Mauritius apply to EP Lamport.
*From the Natal Mercury 1 February 1854:
The following extracts from the letter of a Natal Emigrant to
'So long as you can gain anything more than a living, I wouldn't advise any married man to come here. Illness has been universal and a doctor's bill is no joke, I have incurred £5 myself, besides awful rheumatics. You know of course that Byrne is here, a storekeeper at the diggings. I was at
Geelong is worse than Melbourne, nine inches in mud, in short the place and the climate is as bad as it can be, I have not met one who likes it. I believe you will soon have some of our people back again, some are at the diggings, but I have not heard of any doing well. The only persons who can ensure a living well, are carpenters, masons, and hard working labourers. Labourers who can stand any climate, - they get, - the former, £1 to £1 5s. and labourers 10s to 15s per day, but expenses are in proportion, nevertheless they do exceedingly well. Professional men are cheap enough and get cheaper every day.
'Trade is the way to make money. If I had capital I could double it every two months with safety. There is no comfort to be purchased. I send you a paper to show you the way we commit robberies here. We don't steal a few paltry pounds, but 2,300 ounces of gold. I may tell you that the escort from the diggings has been stopped, and 2,300 ozs of gold taken, the escort consisting of eight troopers, all shot dead but one; so says the report at present. They were attacked by 20 bushrangers, and shot from behind the trees. It is a common thing for one man to rob another of from £200 to £500. Last week £1,000 was taken from a digger.
My room is a back room, 10 x 9, stinks like a p....y: the yard behind is full of green slush and the front little better. When you hear grumblers in
The End of the Rainbow: Golden Square 1857 by George Rowe
Australian gold diggings