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Exiles and Emigrants
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The New Land

Having survived the long sea journey passengers got a hint of their arrival through the smell of the land carried on the wind, then through birds and butterflies landing on the deck and later by sightings of land on the distant horizon. Many arrived at Hobson’s Bay Port Melbourne uncertain of their future and without anywhere to stay. The land around St Kilda Road and Elizabeth Street was overcrowded with many tents.





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