Note: When James, beloved wife Emma passed away, leaving him with two small children to raise on his own, must have proved very difficult for him. However in 1856 James married a widow, Sarah Elizabeth Lovett born 1820 daughter of William Wallace of Yorkshire. Sarah had three surviving sons, William Wallace Lovett, age 12. John Lovett, age 10. & James Lovett, age 8. James & Sarah's marriage was blessed with a son, Henry Daniel Fulham. Published in a booklet by the Queensland Family History Society, letters from Emigrants to QLD 1863-1865. Queensland, Ipswich, August 14th 1865, Dear William, - We are all fine landed Ipswich in good health. We were 106 Days on the water; we had different sorts of birds follow us, & plenty of porpoises. We caught some very large birds with fish hooks. We had a great deal of amusement on board the ship, such as judge & jury, a Concert & a theatre. Your Mother used to take Dan to play on Sat evening, and it was very amusing. We did everything to make ourselves comfortable & happy. Of course it is rather akward landing in a strange country, nobody you know. You gape all around you, & stand with a frying pan with a handle 4 feet long, & about 10 pounds of steak frying in it in a field, or at the back of the house, & a kettle with your water in: a fire big enough to roast a bullock for cooking. You have to take a saw & chopper & cut down a tree where you like: just size of trees as there are in Kensington Park Gardens. This is a good palace for a man or woman; it will be the making of all of us. I am not earning much at present; it amounts to two pounds ten shillings per week; that is, I am getting one pound & everything found me. Your Mother & Dan, your brother, went up the country with a team of horses for a man in Ipswich. My James is with a plumber in Ipswich. They are both Living with their Masters. So, William, this is our first start in Queensland. If you were settled here I would buy some land directly as it is getting very dear near this town, about Sixty pounds per acre three & four miles from Brisbane or Ipswich; but two or three miles further you can buy it for four or five pounds per acre. I can compare the land to Kensington Park Gardens. only the bush is much thicker; you would lose yourself very soon if you ventured too far in the trees - that is what they call the bush. I can see every chance for a young man with his family to get on in the Colony; it wants a start certainly, but you can sooner get a start here than in England, for you save more money. It is not much for house smiths at present, but here soon will be; most of the blacksmiths are from Sydney. I could have gone to my trade up the country if I had chosen, but I could not see my road clear, it would be keeping two homes. A man pays One pound per week for his diet only, so I must be satisfied till I see a better chance. I hope that you are doing well in the shop. The style is this Colony is to wear a pair of white trousers, no waistcoat, a shire & thin boots. Every man that has been here a little while has a horse & saddle. There are plenty of wild ducks not more than a 100 yards from our house; I am making a machine to catch some of them. I can get 5s per pair for them in town. There are plenty of parrots about four miles from here/ The Kangaroo is good sport with a gun. We have just entered the Spring & everything looks pretty. Fruit trees are near out house. We have plenty of fresh beef & mutton, sweet potatoes & a sack of flour at a time. I can have plenty of eggs. Please to tell your Uncle Dan there is every prospect for shipwrights or carpenters. Your Uncle B___ would do well in the town; there is as much chance for one as there is for another. They send all people they can up the bush, and they do well there; you can buy a bullock for three pounds, a sheep for 10s. Butchering is a fine game here, they sell the prime & boil the rest down in large boilers, & send the fat in barrels to England. That game wants about One hundred pounds to start with, two men as partners, one to go up the bush & fetch or buy them, the other to stay at home & look after the business. The two men would earn Eight pounds each per week after all expenses were paid. You will hear from me every month. I will send every mail; so I wish you all good bye. Remember me to all your Uncles & Aunts & your son. From yours truly, James Fulham
After receiving this in depth letter from his step-father, William must have been influenced by the prospects of not only being able to find employment but being with his Mother & brothers as on the 28th Dec 1865, he & his family, embarked from the port of London on the Clipper ship the "Flying Cloud". Travelling with William were his wife Elizabeth Ann Aged 23, & their children Walter 5, & Ann who was an infant. Also they had travelling with them James' only daughter, Emma now 14. The family arrived in Moreton Bay, Brisbane, after a hazardous journey on 26 Apr 1866.
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