As traumatic accounts of families struggling to pay their mortgages or rent fill our newspapers and TV screens, spare a thought for Friedrich Herbig some 170 years ago.
No mortgage or rental accommodation for him! Friedrich stepped off the ship in Port Adelaide in 1855. He was from Silesia in Poland, aged 27, and virtually penniless.
In his previous life he’d been a tailor, but he headed north-east for what is now Springton near the Barossa Valley to try his hand at farming.
Friedrich didn’t even have a tent to live in.
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