Twelve families came from Prince Edward Island to New Zealand on the 14th of May 1859 seeking the Britain of the South and fleeing the brief summers and long winters. What a journey!
George W Owen wrote to his father of his experiences in the new colony.
|Queen St, 1860 from book |
decently and in order
Again the emigrants arrivng here finding all the accessable land in the hands of land jobbers and the difficulties almost impossibilities of going into the north to settle away from roads and settlers, are many of them compelled to open small shops and to eke out a living.