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Miss Arabella Braithewaite of Switherby knows there is no future for the 10 orphans - a remarkable mix of genteel and working-class children - she has gathered together in these years of England’s grim factory growth in the early 1820s. Her plan, quite outrageous in the eyes of most, is to take the children to Australia to take up a land grant. Thus, one day the townsfolk gather to watch a line of departing “pilgrims” led by the fearless “Missabella”. 

On a new continent, and after a daunting ocean voyage, the challenges begin. To the orphans it becomes a life-giving adventure, even when serious unexpected threats must be overcome. Australian author Eleanor Spence, writing with keen personal insight, sketches each child and adult’s engagement with the new land and its people and with one another. From their courage we glimpse the futures of this unlikely band beginning to emerge with hope and personal dignity.

©1967 Eleanor Spence (P)2021 Bethlehem Books

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Great Tale for kids learning about the early colonial days of Australia.

Be aware that there are outdated references and views towards the native Australian peoples in this story. By many characters. Skip over them or take the time to explain to your readers how such views were and are wrong. Just heads up on that bit. It’ll need to be addressed.

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