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Reproduced courtesy of Judy Holt

Diary of Mary Armstrong, matron on the emigrant ship SEVERN in 1863

Date: 1863 - 1864
Overall: 225 x 193 x 10 mm, 0.25 kg
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Judy Holt
Object Copyright: © Judy Holt
Classification:Books and journals
Object Name: Diary
Object No: 00018289
Related Place:London, Sydney, Plymouth, Fort Denison, Cabo Verde,

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    Diary written by Mary Armstrong matron on board the SEVERN in 1863 travelling from England to New South Wales and on board the ALFRED in 1864 travelling to England from New South Wales. Mary Armstrong entered a contract with the New South Wales government in 1863 to occupy the position of matron on the emigrant ship SEVERN. She records daily life aboard the ship including the deaths of some of the emigrants and their children. The various services and prayers associated with her spiritual care are also noted in detail. The diary continues on her return voyage to England on the ALFRED In 1864, this part of the diary includes the fate of settlers returning home.
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