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Voyage Diaries and Journals

Much of my research is based on diaries, journals and letters that were written by passengers on voyages of emigration to Australia and New Zealand.

Most of the diaries that are known about are held by maritime museums, or local and national history archives.

I would be really excited to hear from anyone who has any diaries or letters relating to voyages of migration in the nineteenth century that were written by ancestors or relatives. If these contain descriptions of medical problems or health issues I would be particularly excited to be able to take a look. These type of things can be rare and important historical sources.

I would be overjoyed to hear from any relatives or people with information about Colin Arrott Browning, my favourite convict ship surgeon.

Please contact me!