Thomas Archer, born in Norway in 1823, became an emigrant to Australia as his parents believed he was a fellow that would 'educate himself' [pp. 7]. He benefited from his ability for hard labour and developed as a stockman in Wallerowang, New South Wales. His talents recognised and rewarded, he increases the amount of his sheep to a substantial amount, where he advances to Darling Downs where they eventually begin squatting at Durandur, which is near Woodford.
After many years of working hard they move the property to Cooyar where the land is drier and less flooding. The sheep thus become healthier and bringing the Archer family to great success. Thomas then travels to U.S.A to try his luck at gold mining, where he runs into problem after problem.
He then returns to Australia to marry, but soon travels to England where he gets involved with immigrants heading to Australia. With his knowledge and experience of Australia he is quite successful. He then retires and moves to Norway, where he lives the remaining days with his family.
Thomas Archer's Recollections of a Rambling Life (8) [pp. 44-163].
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