Saturday, February 27, 2010

Australia; fertile, flourishing, fecund, fruitful...and that was just the chicky-babe convicts

Somehow the air of The Fair Isle of Oz wove its magic over the new settlers and lo! the population did double overnight, it seemed.
Possibly, could it have been the fresh air, the constant exercise, the brilliant sun all delivering previously-depleted daily vitamins?
Was it the vegie crops that was the answer?
Perhaps the dining on dog, rat or crow that did it?
Was it the lack of shoes?
Who knows but, according to 'a Surgeon's Mate' in 1790...
Our births have far exceeded our burials; and what is very remarkable, women who were supposed past child-bearing, and those who had not been pregnant for fifteen or sixteen years, have lately become mothers.
The First Settlements in Select Documents in Australian History 1788-1850, (p.51) CMH Clark.

6 comments:

River said...

They were the first white people in Oz, with nothing much else to do....(no tv then remember?)

Davo said...

Jeez, where are these fertile fecund chicky babes .. am still an idiot male .. heh.

Davo said...

(they're called the "Currency Kids". Standing taller than their generators)

Ness at Drovers Run said...

Sorry that I don't comment more often, but I find your posts on Aussie history absolutely fascinating!

Brian Hughes said...

"Could it have been the fresh air, the constant exercise, the brilliant sun all delivering previously-depleted daily vitamins?"

Or the lack of condoms.

rhubarbwhine said...

You think they could find something else to do, eh? ;)

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