There had never been such excitement in the house. It was a hard-working and unforgiving life on this small Humberside1 farm with everyone over the age of five expected to contribute. It was clear as the children grew up that the commitment to hard wok and respectability would never leave them.
My mother, born in 1899 was one of the youngest. She remembered that the youngest children were virtually raised by their elder siblings until they could fend for themselves. This was not unusual when hard-working parents were respected but quite remote from their children. She remembers well the day the telegram came from her uncle in Canada. After the death of his parents this light-hearted young man had come to live with his elder brother and had become a much loved part of the family. Like so many others he was captivated by the news of the Yukon Gold Rush2 and had gone to seek his fortune. Either he was an amazingly confident and courageous young man or his life had been so restricted that he had no concept of the enormity of this adventure.
|The Iconic Image of the Gold Rush|
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- Following the discovery of gold in the Yukon in 1896, there was a huge migration of an estimated 100,000 people to the Klondike region of north-western Canada between 1897 and 1899, referred to as the stampede. Only about 30,000 actually made it. The Yukon Gold Rush also known as The last Great Gold Rush, left a body of literature that popularized and romanticized Yukon