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Title Letter from John Hollway After Arriving from England in Melbourne
Author Hollway, John
Date 22 Oct 1852
Document Type Correspondence; Manuscript; Personal Account
Reference HT 27952
Library / Archive Museum Victoria
Collection Name Diaries / Journals / Letters
Description Written by John Hollway four days after his arrival in Melbourne from England on 18 October 1852 on board the 'Panama'. The letter is signed by John on behalf of George, Sarah Ann and Mary. The letter contains a description of the family's initial settlement as well as the ship voyage from Plymouth to Hobson's Bay. The letter includes reports of births on board ship, shipboard conditions, the 'Crossing the Equator' celebrations, and arrival. He describes their struggles to find accommodation in Melbourne, types of housing, businesses and trades and a description of Emerald Hill where the family settled. John gained employment at Hyam's store and his early impressions of Melbourne are favourable.
Biographical Note / History This letter provides valuable insights into mid-nineteenth century migrant voyage and settlement experiences. It's early descriptions of Melbourne are evocative of the early period of Melbourne's development, particularly in the immediate gold rush years.
Theme(s) Journey Conditions; Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) Australia
Places Hobson's Bay, Emerald Hill, Melbourne, Australia; Gravesend, England
Ports Plymouth, England
Nationality English
Ships Panama; Marco Polo; SS Great Britain
People Hollway, John; Hollway, George; Hollway, Sarah Ann; Hollway, Mary
Keywords employment, business, shipping, housing, health and sickness, disease, Cholera, animals, alcohol, crime, bad weather
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Museum Victoria catalogue.
Catalogue Link Museum Victoria Catalogue
Language English
Copyright Museum Victoria