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Marshall Claxton
An emigrant’s thoughts of home 1859

Initially more men emigrated than women. To address this gender imbalance the English government created incentives to encourage single women to emigrate. Many women were greatly assisted by Caroline Chisholm who since 1841 had campaigned for better conditions during their travel and upon arrival and settlement in Australia.

Marshall Claxton
England 1813–1881
lived in Australia 1850–54
An emigrant's thoughts of home 1859
oil on canvas
60.7 x 47.0 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented by the National Gallery of Victoria Women's Association, 1974


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