Voices from Auckland, New Zealand.
Brief Hints to New-comers
Brief Hints to New-comers.
Don't be in too great a hurry, either to purchase land, or to exercise your land order, but wait a bit, and look around you.
Don't listen to the croakers and grievance-mongers, for they are only a mischievous and bilious set of men.
Don't spend one shilling which you can avoid for the first twelve months, as you will not find shillings so easy to get back again.
Don t despair, although you may be discouraged at the outset of your new career, but be assured that persevering industry always must and always will succeed in the colony.
Don't frequent taverns, public houses, or billiard-rooms, for they cannot do you any good, and may do you a deal of harm.
Don't think, because you have just arrived from England, page 67that you are brim-full of wisdom, for you will in all probability find a few here wiser than yourself, having added Colonial to English experience.
Don't be in too great a hurry to set everybody else to rights, but wait patiently and see if you cannot learn something.
Form yourselves into communities to locate in the bush; but don't entangle yourself hastily with partnerships. The former is very good, and the latter frequently very bad. Hasty partnerships and hasty dissolutions show a want of stability or judgment.
Don't grumble if you can only make a living for a year or two; but be sure that "the good time is coming," when your exertions will be crowned with success.
Don't hang about town longer than you can help, for you can gain very little by it, and may lose much.
Don't despise moderate wages at commencement; for, remember, you are not likely to be as valuable as more experienced folks.
Don't locate yourself on bad land at any price, for it must of necessity end in disappointment, if not ruin.
Be civil and courteous to all, and don't think it necessary to be rough in your manners because you see much that is rough around you. Civility is always esteemed, and costs nothing.
Don't imagine that good, honest, upright conduct is not prized here, for, be assured, that a man's good character, when tested, is as valuable to him here as in any part of the world.
Don't talk of how much better off you were at home, for no one will believe you, and you may be apt to be told, "It's a pity you ever left home," Don't grumble and talk of not having been used to light your own fire and cook your own dinner, but do such work as you find you have to do here, or it may be suggested that, perhaps, you had no dinner to cook at home; and be thankful that you have one to cook, and a good appetite to eat it. It is almost an invariable rule, that parties (both male and female) who have moved in the best positions in England assume the least here, and that those in the very lowest ranks at home arrogate the most.
Don't call Old Practical a fool for giving you these hints, for, be assured, they are well meant, and he can have no interest in giving them.
I am, yours, really truly,