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  • 1845: Pictou, Nova Scotia.
  • Cold winters, potato blight and overall crop failure have pushed settlers to the brink of starvation. Fishing was also going through a difficult period, adding to the pressure on the small settlement.
  • All over town, tables were bare, land was becoming harder to come by and the town's opposing religions were at odds. Newspapers sent over by a settler's son raised overall interest in Australia and surrounding regions.
  • 1851: John Fraser finally sets sail with John McKay and Reverend Norman McLeod on the barque Margaret, bound for Adelaide. The find soon after their arrival that land prices are too high for settlement.
  • The Reverend wrote a letter to the governor of New Zealand, Sir George Grey, inquiring into what the country was like. They were encouraged to come and settle here.
  • 18th September, 1853: The barque Margaret arrives in Waipu. The new settlement is soon founded, with other families arriving in the next three years. Almost 1000 people completed this route. This is where the story ends. Many thousands of these settlers' descendants remain, including among them, me.
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