They may have been travelling alone, 'unprotected' by a male guardian, but they were not the 'sweepings of the gutters'.
The life-experiences and writings of the women demonstrate that they were drawn from a wide cross-section of nineteenth century society. They were eminently suitable as domestic and agricultural workers and as future wives for the women-hungry colonies.
Contents:IllustrationsAbbreviationsPrefacePart 1: The Great Object1. The Scheme2. London Emigration Committee3. The ProcessPart 2: An Ocean of Uncertainty4. Healthy, Skilled and Ready to Emigrate5. Ships, Supplies and Superintendents6. Surviving the Long Voyage7. They Must Engage ThemselvesPart 3: Heroic Undertakings8. Employment Realities9. A Matrimonial Expedition10. A Valuable Acquisition to the ColoniesNotesTablesList of WomenSelect BibliographyIndex