Extract from a letter from David McConnel to his mother dated October 6th 1842 .
……………….I am doomed here to lead a miserable life in the bush, as least as far as society is concerned. Fortunately I have plenty of books to amuse by study; but they will be here in three weeks. There is no female society here & I may say that I have not seen a lady for the last 10 months. I have scarcely spoken to a young unmarried lady since I came from England. Other people find the same fault with the colony, so I am not singular. If anybody wish to come here, he should be married first, then he would have a companion to solace his weary hours; but his wife should be one who could go through hardships & could live economically. A farmer’s daughter with such education as to give her a refined taste & good manners is one for the wilds of Australia.