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An emigrant’s thoughts of home by Marshall Claxton, 1859

From 1831 the British and Australian colonial governments paid for part or all of the cost for some migrants to travel to Australia. This was known as assisted migration.

The Australian colonies particularly wanted single women. Single women could help address the problem that there were many more men than women in the colonies.


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Presented by the National Gallery Women's Association, 1974. This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation

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