"The party consisted of my father , mother , two sisters [Jessie, 16;
Jeannie, 14] and three brothers [John, 9; Ebenezer, 4; Archie, 2]. [Thomas himself was
"Also with us was a young friend who was a
shipmate from the Old Country and an old schoolmate of mine in Glasgow. He was engaged to
accompany us and give us a start in our new home.
"We left Caversham [in Dunedin], where the
family had resided for eight years, in the latter end of December 1858, and commenced what
was quite an adventurous journey.
"On this occasion we had a small mob of
cattle and with them a quiet cow in milk. We bailed her up night and morning to the dray
wheel and we had a plenteous supply of the lacteal fluid to make our tea more palatable.
In addition we had a large coop filled with fowls suspended from the end of the dray. As
some of these birds were laying, we were able to be quite epicurean in our dietary scale.
"Fish, as I stated in my notes of the
previous journey, were plentiful in every creek in the shape of eels, and ducks were to be
shot in every lagoon and stream. So we were able to restock our larder almost every
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