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In the first half of the 19th Century, sailing to Canada took eight or nine weeks. The voyage to Autralia took well over three months. Apart from the dangers of the voyage itself, overcrowding and poor conditions led to epidemics of dysentery, smallpox and measles.
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4 March 2004

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The clip introduces the difficulties and dangers of travel in the 19th and early 20th century. This can link to study of changing methods and conditions of transport.

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