New Zealand’s European settlers all arrived in their new home by ship – generally a journey of some 12 to 15 weeks. Few accounts of their daily routines and experiences are as good as this one. Alfred Fell captures the amusements and pastimes, parties and jokes which helped the passengers endure a journey with live sheep, pigs and poultry. Alfred finally arrived safely at Nelson in September 1841 on the Lord Auckland, his diary intact. First published in 1926, this edition has been economically reprinted for the modern reader, and is also available as this pdf edition.