I came across this interesting book on the Find My Past Australasian website, “New Zealand Emigration & Gold Fields” by George Butler Earp, published in 1853 by George Routledge & co. I can just image some of our ancestors being seduced by the lure of gold and snapping up this book when newly printed !
The book covers such subjects as children being an asset in the new colony, over coming a reluctance to emigrate, reports from the various gold diggings and the use of capital in NZ which would be too small to be of any use in England. When tracing our family trees it is easy to concentrate on adding more and more ancestors and forgetting to get to know the ones that we already have. This book is a good example of background material that adds understanding and colour to our ancestors lives.
image – Wikimedia – Gold miner with cart emerging from a NZ gold mine – Auckland Libraries