Gold, ink, and bitter disappointment: Swedish journalist Corfitz Cronqvist in Australasia, 1857-95

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Emmerson, Mark. 2013. "Gold, ink, and bitter disappointment: Swedish journalist Corfitz Cronqvist in Australasia, 1857-95." Melbourne Historical Journal. 41, pp. 65-81.
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Gold, ink, and bitter disappointment: Swedish journalist Corfitz Cronqvist in Australasia, 1857-95

ERA Journal ID7423
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AuthorEmmerson, Mark
Journal TitleMelbourne Historical Journal
Journal Citation41, pp. 65-81
Number of Pages17
Year2013
PublisherUniversity of Melbourne
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISSN0076-6232
Web Address (URL)http://www.history.unimelb.edu.au/mhj/
Abstract

Amongst the thousands of non-British migrants who were drawn to Victoria between 1852-57, not all saw the gold-rich soil of Ballarat and Bendigo in the same light. This article examines the endeavours of Swedish Journalist Corfitz Cronqvist (1833-95), who migrated to Australia in 1857 and established the first Scandinavian-Australian newspaper, Norden. An analysis of Cronqvist's initial aspirations and spirit-breaking defeats argues that newly arrived migrants often underestimated the difficulties and realities of Australian colonial life. While the accuracy and honesty of his writing is called into question, Cronqvist is nonetheless incredibly valuable as an alternate viewpoint regarding migrant life, mining communities and newspaper history in colonial Victoria.

KeywordsAustralian colonial history; gold rush; Scandinavian migration; Swedish migrants; colonial journalism; Victoria; Melbourne newspapers; Foreign Language Press
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470211. Migrant cultural studies
430302. Australian history
430320. New Zealand history
430303. Biography
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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