Excerpt from The Happy Emigrants
My name is Colin Copeland, aged 12 3/4 years, and this is the story of how we became the happy emigrants and our adventures on the voyage to Australia.
"If I were a younger man," my father said, ruffling up his hair which has gone silver at the sides, "I would stick it out here in England. That is, I would if I hadn't you and the kids and Aunt Faiths blessed legacy. As things are, we re going to get out of the lousy country."
"John," my mother warned, "young ears - !
"Young ears - phooey!" boomed my father "They teach them words like that at kindergarten these days."
"Anyway, it's not that kind of country," my mother went on, looking hurt.
"I know it isn't, girl, my father said very kindly, "but you and I are getting a bit long in the tooth for soldiering on, and the kids are too young to have to yet. If it can be done we're off O - double-F. We'll beat it. Who wouldn't if they had the chance?"
So that was how it all began.
I saw what my father meant when I told the boys at school. Their eyes stuck out like snails', and they wouldn't believe we were really off to Down-Under - the Antipodes of Australia.
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