The Journals of a Victorian Traveller contains the transcribed and edited journals of Julia Biddulph who travelled the world with her husband during the last two decades of the 19th Century. The journals had remained unread since being rescued from the ruins of a bombed house in Canterbury during the Second World War.
Julia Biddulph was a daughter of the Empire; her husband was a soldier and Political Agent in India. Julia’s first journey to India in the 1860s had taken seven weeks. Within thirty years she records her record voyage from Charing Cross, London to Bombay in thirteen days and six hours. She had a great enthusiasm for life and preferred to take part, rather than watch from the side-lines, which would have been the easy option for ladies in similar circumstances to her own. The book is first-hand history; Julia records in her journals her day-to-day life from 140 years ago, some of the events that she witnessed would hardly seem possible, or even acceptable in today’s world.
Martin Laurie was born and raised in Essex where he worked for over thirty years as a farmer in a family partnership. He is now an ex-farmer with a life-long interest in the countryside and its traditions.
Martin says, “I have always had a fascination with history and after reading the journals, I realised that they might be of interest to a wider audience. When reading the journals or diaries of an individual from many years ago, you are transported into their life; what they saw, touched and even smelt; it is first-hand. You can agree or disagree, approve or disapprove of what they wrote, but you cannot alter the fact that it is history. These diaries were written by my ancestor, Julia Biddulph (1844–1933).”