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The Australian ancestors of 16 million British people were revealed in the records, which date from the New South Wales Free Settlers in 1826.
I'm not sure if this improves the sailing or makes the harbour dues any cheaper, but the locals seem immensely proud of the fact that their state was colonised only by free settlers.
This paper reconstructs the experiences of one of these Peninsular veterans, Juan Baptiste Lehimaz De Arrieta, who was the first Spanish free settler in Australia.
For the first time all of the passengers were free settlers looking to begin new lives in a far away land.
Free settlers who had come to the colony of their own accord - known as "exclusives" - complained about his attitude towards the emancipists.
Most were free settlers who wished to escape the poverty and overcrowding of England and start a better life on what was literally the other side of the world.