Diary, Tom Bickle, 1889 (AD825/5)

Extract from Tom Bickle’s diary of 1889 with a drawing of his homestead in South Africa

People left Cornwall to go all over the world in search of work, particularly mining, in the 19th century. Tom Bickle moved to South Africa and kept a diary with illustrations about his time there (AD825/5).

Tus a dhivroas a Gernow rag mos oll a-dro an bys rag hwilas ober, yn arbennek balweyth, y’n 19ves kansvledhen. Tom Bickle a removas dhe Afrika Dhyghow hag y skrifa dydhlyver gans delinyansow a-dro dh’y dermyn ena (AD825/5).