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From: Sue Mackay <>
Subject: RE: [ZA-EC] Settler Correspondence: what became of M.H. BUSBY?
Date: Fri, 5 May 2006 09:17:23 +0100 (BST)

Gosh Russell, this is great. It convinces me that I am
right to try and transcribe all the letters, even if
the people concerned didn't emigrate to SA. It will be
a long project, but I have already had several offers
of help with transcribing, and Rowena has generously
offered to help with the photographing, so we may get
it done sooner than we think. For those who offered
help I am most grateful and will probably contact you
early next week. I need to go through the photos first
and rename them all with a name and date to make
keeping track of them easier.


-----Original Message-----
From: Russell [mailto:]
Sent: 05 May 2006 06:39
Subject: Re: [ZA-EC] Settler Correspondence: what
became of M.H. BUSBY?

Dear Sue

In the 1841 census there is a Michael BUSBY age 35
(remember ages were
rounded up in this census) living in Islington (where
Goswell St. is). He is
described as a blindmaker, and is married with 4 kids.
He was born in
another county.

In the 1851 census he is still living in the
Islington/Finsbury area. His
four children are alive, and he has added four more.
His occupation is

By the 1861 census, he and his family have
disappeared. Doing a Google
search, I find this website which shows he emigrated
with his family to New
Zealand. Michael Horton BUSBY finally fulfilled his
wish to leave England!

I have e-mailed the author of the webpage to let him
know about your
brilliant transcription.
Isn't the Internet wonderful?



----- Original Message -----
From: "Sue Mackay" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, May 04, 2006 3:05 PM
Subject: [ZA-EC] Settler Correspondence

> Some of the letters are really poignant. I was very
> moved today by a letter in a round childish hand
> simply said:
> I am a poor boy and I understand that there is
> to the Cape of Good Hope and that there is ten
> given when arrived. I am your humble obedient
> M.H. BUSBY aged 16 years
> No.5 New Court, Goswell St.
> I wonder what happened to him?

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