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TITLE
Aithisg Eilthirich mu Lorg an Òir ann an Astràilia (An Emigrant's Report of the Australian Gold Rush)
EXTERNAL ID
AB_HIGHLANDERS_ON_THE_MOVE_23
PLACENAME
Australia
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
John Mackinnon
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
40936
KEYWORDS
audios
emigration

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John Mackinnon and his wife left Roag, on the island of Skye, to emigrate to Australia at the time of the first Australian Gold Rush in the mid 19th century. This is an extract from one of his letters home.

This is the text of an undated cutting from the Inverness Courier in a volume of historical pamphlets collected by James Maidment (Vol.1, p.74) The volume forms part of the reference collection at Inverness Library.

The extract is read by Gilleasbuig Ferguson.

'A-nis Alasdair, chan inns mi breug dhut. Gu dearbha cha dèan mi sin. Mus tàinig mi, bha mi air deagh rudan a chluinntinn mu Astràilia, ach feumaidh mi aideachadh nach do chreid mi iad gus am faca mi an t-àite le mo shùilean fhèin. A-nis tha mi a' saoilsinn barrachd dhen àite. Tha pìosan dheth gu math gorm agus pìosan eile tiugh le craobhan. Tha mi a' smaointinn gur e seo am baile as beartaiche dhe mheudachd san t-saoghal. Cha chluinn thu ach òr, òr, òr... tha fichead not agam nam phòcaid a-nochd, às dèidh dhomh na bh' agam ri phàigheadh. 'S dòcha gu bheil sin ag innse dhut de seòrsa àite a tha seo. Saoil dè cho fada 's a bhithinn san Eilean Sgitheanach mus biodh a leithid agam?'

The English reads:

'Now Sandy, it is no profit to me to tell you lies. That I will not. I heard at home good accounts of Australia, but I never believed it till I saw it with my own eyes, and I think more of it than I ever heard at home. Partly green and partly thickly wooded. Now, I think this is the richest town of its size in the world. All the go is gold, gold, gold ... and I have in my possession this night, after clearing all my expenses, £20 sterling; and that may tell you what kind of place this is. How long would I be in Skye before I could gather as much?'

This audio was produced for the schools' resource package, 'Highlanders on the Move', Am Baile's contribution to Homecoming Scotland 2009.

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Aithisg Eilthirich mu Lorg an Òir ann an Astràilia (An Emigrant's Report of the Australian Gold Rush)

2000s

audios; emigration;

Am Baile

Am Baile: Highlanders on the Move

John Mackinnon and his wife left Roag, on the island of Skye, to emigrate to Australia at the time of the first Australian Gold Rush in the mid 19th century. This is an extract from one of his letters home.<br /> <br /> This is the text of an undated cutting from the Inverness Courier in a volume of historical pamphlets collected by James Maidment (Vol.1, p.74) The volume forms part of the reference collection at Inverness Library.<br /> <br /> The extract is read by Gilleasbuig Ferguson.<br /> <br /> 'A-nis Alasdair, chan inns mi breug dhut. Gu dearbha cha dèan mi sin. Mus tàinig mi, bha mi air deagh rudan a chluinntinn mu Astràilia, ach feumaidh mi aideachadh nach do chreid mi iad gus am faca mi an t-àite le mo shùilean fhèin. A-nis tha mi a' saoilsinn barrachd dhen àite. Tha pìosan dheth gu math gorm agus pìosan eile tiugh le craobhan. Tha mi a' smaointinn gur e seo am baile as beartaiche dhe mheudachd san t-saoghal. Cha chluinn thu ach òr, òr, òr... tha fichead not agam nam phòcaid a-nochd, às dèidh dhomh na bh' agam ri phàigheadh. 'S dòcha gu bheil sin ag innse dhut de seòrsa àite a tha seo. Saoil dè cho fada 's a bhithinn san Eilean Sgitheanach mus biodh a leithid agam?'<br /> <br /> The English reads:<br /> <br /> 'Now Sandy, it is no profit to me to tell you lies. That I will not. I heard at home good accounts of Australia, but I never believed it till I saw it with my own eyes, and I think more of it than I ever heard at home. Partly green and partly thickly wooded. Now, I think this is the richest town of its size in the world. All the go is gold, gold, gold ... and I have in my possession this night, after clearing all my expenses, £20 sterling; and that may tell you what kind of place this is. How long would I be in Skye before I could gather as much?'<br /> <br /> This audio was produced for the schools' resource package, 'Highlanders on the Move', Am Baile's contribution to Homecoming Scotland 2009.