Emigration diaries

Transcriptions of diaries made by two emigrants are in preparation.

John Yeo of Bradworthy kept a diary during his emigration to Ontario via Plymouth and New York in 1835 and his great nephew John Yeo of Whitstone kept a diary during his emigration to Queensland via Plymouth, Suez and Ceylon in 1894/95.

These documents can provide a fascinating insight into the prevailing social, religious and economic background to the emigrants’ lives and their experiences during the journey. If you have a emigration diary to share with other researchers, please use the Contact Us page to tell us about it.


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