Writing the Empire: Scribblings from Below
An international & interdisciplinary conference
Phillipe de Vigors, ‘Convicts letter writing at Cockatoo Island, New South Wales, 1849’
Reproduced by kind permission of the State Library of New South Wales, Sydney
Event Dates: 24 June 2010
Freya McCracken (University of Aberdeen)
how Scottish emigrants letters bridged the gap with those left behind
‘From Canada to home – how Scottish emigrants letters bridged the gap with those left behind’ Emigrant letters offer a fascinating first-hand account of life in Canada in the nineteenth century. Many of the writers of these letters chose to describe people, places and events from their new lives to those who had remained in Scotland. Their authors use a variety of techniques to bring the families and friends they had left behind closer to them through their words to allow them to share in experiences without being physically present. This talk will focus on how emigrants kept up their links with home using examples of topics they thought it important to share. It aims to bring to life their experiences as they did, through their own words.
Freya McCracken, University of Aberdeen, email
Freya McCracken completed her undergraduate and masters degrees in History at Swansea University in 2006, focussing particularly in Irish emigration in the late nineteenth century. She is now studying for a PhD in History at the University of Aberdeen, looking at the letters sent home by Scottish emigrants to Canada in the nineteenth century.