source: 84/557 Dixson
SITE SOURCE: GOLD, EMIGRATION AND FREE SELECTION
AUSTRALIAN EMIGRANT’S COMPLETE GUIDE
Here is an extract from a lengthy list detailing what jobs were desirable in the colonies and also add a pay packet indication. I love the reference requirements for the printing trades.
Lists preferred trades
- Sailors 50s to 60s per month. ‘Always in demand’
- Tailors. 5s to 7s a day ‘in demand. Pieces work out one third higher than in England’
- Stonemasons. 5s to 7s a day and in great demand
- Shoemakers 5s to 7s a day. A good trade and in demand
- Printers and pressmen. 5s per day ‘ a few steady men wanted to replace drunkards’
- Field labourers 20 to 40 pounds per annum and always in demand
- Dairywomen. 10 to 15 pounds a year. In extreme demand
- Farriers 6s to 7s per day. Much in demand
- Cooks. 3s to 8s per day and rations. Men usually preferred. Careful and steady men wanted.
Where rations were supplied it was usually 10lb flour, 7lb meat per week.