Posted by Magnus Smith on December 15, 2018 at 05:23:14 user Magnus.
In Reply to: Nancy's Grandfather posted by Robin Selby on December 13, 2018 at 07:15:08:
All very interesting. I like the analysis of potential dates.
Regarding Australia, there's no reason why the future Mrs Walker could not have lived for 5 or 10 years as a child on the shores of Sydney Harbour, and then the whole family moved to a sheep station further inland for the next 5 or 10 years. Or vice versa.
Captain Flint's comment about being a ships boy could perhaps be interpreted as: he was the youngest or most inferior member of the crew, and got all the worst jobs, despite not being a 'boy' in age. Maybe he worked on a large cargo ship where all the staff were adults, in a 'dogsbody' capacity, to pay for his trip - say, escaping to South Africa aged 20 after chucking Oxford.
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