Story: The voyage out

English soil

English soil

Leaving their native land was difficult for many emigrants, even when they faced their new life with hope and excitement. The most common mementos they brought with them were pictures of family and friends. This small packet of English soil was brought to New Zealand in 1877 by Arthur Swarbrick and his younger brother, Harry. It carries the Latin inscription ‘dulce domum’ (sweet home).

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Private collection, Swarbrick family

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John Wilson, 'The voyage out - Departure to landing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005