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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 11, Issue 6 (September 1, 1936)

The Urge for Travel

page 6

The Urge for Travel.

Wilde reading stimulated a desire for wide travel. He wanted now to see and observe something of the conditions under which people lived in other countries. From New Zealand he went to Australia. In Melbourne he was stranded without work or money. He applied himself to making small articles of furniture, which he sold from door to door, just managing to make a bare living. Presently he earned enough to take himself to England, and gradually he made himself acquainted with the conditions of work throughout England, Scotland, and Ireland, earning sufficient in each place to carry himself on to the next. The inflexible resolution and resource-fulness displayed in the execution of his plan to gain this experience of life, combined wit those qualities of courage, affection and warmth of soul which we observed in his boyhood, are closely related to his successful after life. Indeed, the glamour of his public life, unrelated to its background, would not bring the qualities of the man into proper relief and perspective.