Alexander Archibald was a coalminer who came from Fife in Scotland to the colony of Victoria in 1857 to seek his fortune. He married Emily Morgan, the daughter of convicts who had been transported from Ireland and England to Van Diemen’s Land.
The tale is a quintessentially Australian one about convicts and colliers – the convicts with a resentment against authorities who had sentenced them to transportation for petty crimes, and the colliers from a background of serfdom in Scotland and with boundless optimism about their chances of making a fortune on the goldfields.
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