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Mon Apr 03 04:36:58 2017 1 The Project Gutenberg EBook of Peter Biddulph, by W.H.G.
Kingston This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Peter Biddulph The Story of an Australian Settler Author: W.H.G.
Kingston Release Date: October 17, 2007 [EBook #23050] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK PETER BIDDULPH *** Produced by Nick Hodson of London, England Peter Biddulph, by W.H.G.
Kingston. ________________________________________________________________________ Peter’s mother and father were barge people on the London river, the Thames.
But the father dies, and Peter and his mother are destitute. She goes out to do cleaning etcetera, and Peter scavenges by the river-side.
The boys who did this used to be called mudlarks.
Peter’s mother dies.
One day a man called Mr Wells and his friends come by in a boat, and cast money for the mudlarks to dive for.
Unfortunately Wells loses his valuable gold ring in doing this.
He leaves his card with Peter, who finds the ring, and returns it. Struck with this honesty Wells gives the orphan and destitute boy a home.
Wells is a shipowner, and when Peter is fourteen he is given an apprenticeship on one of his ships.
Peter makes his way up till he is a senior officer, but marries a girl in London, whose father owns one small vessel, and when he is dying he makes the vessel and the goodwill over to Peter.
Wells’s business fails, and with it go Peter’s savings. Peter and his wife and children have a sea-going life, but eventually decide to settle in Australia.
Arriving there they found it hard to avoid the escaped convicts who are roaming the land and giving everybody a hard time. All these situations are well written, and you will enjoy the book. __________________...





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