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Title: David McCullough, New Zealand to His Family, Co. Down.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMcCullough, David/51
SenderMcCullough, David
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew Zealand
DestinationCo. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientMcCullough, Sam and Margaret
Recipient Gendermale-female
SourceCopyright Retained by Sandra Gilpin, 15 Windmill Hill, Comber, Co. Down. BT23 5WH.
ArchiveUlster American Folk Park
Doc. No.9702288
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 24:02:97.
Word Count559
Transcript Dunedin
Dec. 21st 1875

Dear Father Mother & Sisters
I received your very
welcome letter and am glad
to know you were all well.
I am happy to inform you that
I am in good health myself
at present I like this country
its customs and its people I
have never regretted coming
out as I have been in constant
employment since I came at
present I am engaged with the
Albion Brewing and Malting
Company & in receipt of œ2-10
per week with the promise
of an advance about the first
of 1876. I am at present boarding
in a private house and
feel very comfortable for which
I pay 18/- per week -
Alex Young is living about 50
miles from this town
I had a letter from him a few
days since he likes his situation
well he intends being in town
about new years day to spend
a week he says he never was
in better health or more contented
in his life he says he
would not go home now at all
Wm. [William?] J. Hobson is arrived when I
heard that the ship was in I left
my work and went down to port
and met him I was very
glad to meet with him so new
from home he looks well on it he
is a great deal stouter since I
seen him last at home he got
about a stone and half heavier
on the voyage he got work the
same day that he came ashore
he started on Monday morning
I got the parcels safe from him
that you dear father & mother
sent me, I thank you both
very much as it was a nice new
years gift to me, I see by your
letter that there is a few deaths
since I left I am glad to hear that
you are satisfied with your new
minister as you Moneyrea people
are so hard to please I believe
you had a great day at the putting
of him in, I am glad to hear
that you have so good crops of
corn and so fine an appearance
of Turnips as it will help to
make up for the year before
You might let me know
how Rob. Abernethy was
getting on in Wallace's farm
and what sort of crops he had
I see old Mr. Robert had a severe
illness you may tell him that
I have not found out Sam McKinna
yet but I expect to
see him before many years
You might ask him to send me
Sam McKennas and James
address as I am talking to
Melbourne people every day
I am sorry to hear that Hamy
is so unfortunate to be losing
his teeth but it is better to get
the [brat?] and the cur out than to
be suffering pain let me know
how Johnny Frame is getting
on tell him I received his letter
I am going to write to him
the next mail Tell Lizzie
that she may be on the look
out for a silver watch by the
next Mail I will send her the
money for one and she can
get Uncle Henry to buy
it to her.
Let me know how all my
neighbours and friends are
getting on so good bye with
love to you all
From your affectionate son
David McCullough