About this book
Hulme was an artist but following a serious illness moved from London to Devonshire where he acquired farming skills. On returning to London he found little opportunity to support his family by his former profession so decided to emigrate to Australia at a time when the goldfields were in full swing. The family, which included seven children under 12, set sail on 21 October 1855 and arrived in Melbourne 81 days later. Their worldly goods had been shipped earlier and were lost at sea so the family started their new life in Australia with only ten shillings and the possessions they had taken on the voyage. Hulme spent ten years in the goldfields before commencing farming and in this guidebook published in 1891 he offers advice to prospective settlers based on his own experiences.