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Niel Black of Ardentraive : Australian pioneer

Black, Maggie2012
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In 1839, a 34-year-old tenant farmer, Niel Black, left his home and family in Cowal and sailed for Melbourne, Australia, to seek his fortune - 'a stranger in a foreign land'. With the backing of wealthy investors in Liverpool and Glasgow and after years of effort, he succeeded. The story of Niel Black and Company is contained in his journal, accounts and voluminous correspondence, now held in the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne. This account of his early life has been constructed from his archive and other contemporary and historical sources, Scottish and Australian. Black's background is similar to that of other emigrant graziers to the Port Phillip district from Bute, Arran, Cowal and around Inveraray at this time, and his story resonates with those of many others who took part in the 19th century Scottish diaspora to Australia and elsewhere.
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