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'Throughout the 19th century it was common practice for well-to-do British families to dispose of their more debauched, debt-prone or dissipated scions by sending them off to the colonies. A typical specimen was Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens, known as Plorn, the youngest and most hapless of Charles and Catherine’s 10 children. Having failed to distinguish himself in anything more elevated than the interpretation of cricket scorecards, Plorn was peremptorily dispatched to the Australian outback, which his famous father believed would induce him to focus his energies and efforts. He was not even 16 when he disembarked in Melbourne in 1868.' (Introduction)

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