The Long Farewell (5th edition, 2015)
This edition of The Long Farewell returns to the format and illustrations of the first edition (1981).
The author read more than 120 diaries kept by immigrants on the long sailing ship voyages to Australia, and numerous letters the settlers wrote home. He tells about the reasons for emigration, the ships and the routes to Australia, accommodation on board, the perils of the journey, surgeons and health, messing and dining, pastimes and consolations, the crew and the new shore.
The Long Farewell also includes three diaries of settlers on the voyage to their new land. The book is superbly illustrated with many photos, drawings and maps.
Winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards’ Ethnic Affairs Commission Award in 1982.
Paperback, 310 pages, many photographs and illustrations, preface, comprehensive index, notes, three shipboard diaries.
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Left: The Great Britain about to enter Port Phillip Bay in 1852, artist Phillip J. Gray ©Travellers Notes.