My step-grandmother, whom we called Aunty, married my maternal grandfather when I was nearly 5, she was 52 and my grandfather was 58. My grandmother had died 2 and a half years earlier. Aunty was also my grandfather's first cousin and after they married he went to live in her home with her mother and his Aunt (who had married his father's brother) Needless to say she was the grandmother I knew and she went on to live till she was 94. I was very close to Aunty and around the age of 90 she assigned power of attorney to me, and I acted as the executor of her will. But long before that she gave me some oak leaves from a table that she said had come from Ireland when her mother's family emigrated to Australia. The idea was that the big lad and I would make a coffee table or some such from the oak, but that never happened. I have offered the oak leaves to my daughter and her boyfriend to make a table and was showing the leaves to them tonight and telling them what Aunty had told me about their origin. Then I looked up the family on my tree and determined that Aunty's great grandparents arrived at Port Phillip in 1841. So if they brought the oak table with them it was older than that. Which leads me to ask, what would our migrant ancestors have brought with them? It should be noted that the occupations of Aunty's ancestors were listed as labourer and house servant, so they were not exactly well off. I have to say I'd always assumed that most migrants brought very little with them. I'd be interested in your thoughts and perhaps someone knows if there are records of what items migrants brought with them.