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Journal of John Hillary, emigrant to New Zealand, 1879

In the year 1879 there was touring this country the Rev J Berry, an agent for the New Zealand Government. He extolled the virtues of that country and advised people to emigrate to New Zealand and there make their fortunes. John Hillary, a shopkeeper in the small north-eastern town of Tow law, listenedto the blandishments of the reverend gentleman and being sure that only truth could come from such a source, decided that New Zealand must be "the promised land" he would act upon the advise given..

Thus J.H. Hillary introduces his grandfather's journal of the Hillary family's exciting voyage in the clipper ship Westland to a new life in NZ. The diary, reproduced exactly as written with comments added by the present John Hillary, paints a vivid picture of the life and adventures of emigrants over 100 years ago, both on board ship and in the depression in New Zealand at that time.

The second part of the book recounts the Hillary family's homeward journey by steamer only a few months after their arrival in NZ- having been unable to find work and the new life they had hoped for in 'the promised land'.

This journey too, provides some exciting and poignant moments and we come to know the Hillary family well.

Hardback - 112 pages

Published 1979

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