Past Life Regression
..Past Life Regression. 2 (Male, aged approx 30, never been out of the country)..

Small boy in London:
Q. Do you have a mother?
Everybody has a mother.
Q. Where is she?
I ain't never seen her.
Q. Do you know your father?
(Quickly) Na.
Q. How do you spend your day?
I does this and that. I nick things.
Q. What do you nick? Money?
I nicks money when I can. Mostly
anything I can eat or anything I can sell on.
Q. Who is on the throne?
The King.
Q. Which King?
George I think.
Q. Have you got any friends?
I got friends. No one special though.
Q. Have you got any children?
No I'm too young for all that.

Do you feel you have been here before?
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The gate of memory

Move forward 5 years.

Q.Where are you now?
Still in London,
Q. What part of London?
Q. How old are you?
Maybe 15 or 16. I don't know really.
Q. How do you spend your day?
Same as usual.

Move forward another 5 years, until you're about 20.

Q. Where are you now?
Q. What are you doing there?
Peelers got me.
Q. What did they get you for?
Robbing some toff's home.
Q. How long have you been there?
Couple of weeks.
Q. How long will you be there?
Not sure. Depends what the beak says.
Q. What year is it?
I dunno, 18-somink.
Q. Describe where you are.
It's a bare, stone room. It's a little room with a small window.
You don't get much light from it. There's a door with a grill on it.
Q. Is there anyone with you?
There's an old boy in the corner.
Q. What's his name?
Dunno his name. He's mad.
Q. What's your name?
I never had a name.. no..they gimme a name.. it was Dick.
Dick Smith, It's not my real name though. Nobody knows my
real name.

Go forward 6 months.

You may have sailed  in the tall ships
Sailing ships
Costas Volonakis
Q. Where are you?
On the boat.
Q. What kind of boat?
I dunno.
Q. How many masts does it have?
I dunno. I'm below decks.
Q. Are there many of you?
You could say that.
Quite a few of us. I never
learnt to count.
Q. Do you get fed?
Yeah we get fed.
Q. What do they give you?
They give us bread and some
soup and gruel, water.

Q. What do they give you?
They give us bread and some soup and gruel, water.
Q. How long have you been at sea?
Couple of weeks.
Q. Where are you going?
Botany Bay.
Q. How do you feel about that?
It's one of them things. You get caught, you pay the price.
Coulda been worse. Coulda got hung. Or worse.
Q.What's going to happen in Botany Bay?
They'll put us to work.
Q. Do you ever go on deck now?
Yeah. They let us out on deck every copula days in small groups.
They let you have a wash in a bucket and sit in the sun awhile.
Q. Is it all men?
There's women and kids too.
Q. Do you ever talk to the ship's crew?
(Quickly) Na, you're not allowed to talk to them. You get beaten for
trying to talk to the crew.
Q. What's the name of the ship?
I dunno, we were brought aboard in the dark.
Q. What's the skipper's name?
I think I heard somebody say it was Jones.
Q. What are you wearing?
I'm wearing rough canvas trousers. They itches. What I had
before they took off me in Newgate. It weren't fit for burning.
They said I had fleas! I never had no fleas. Go ahead 6 months. Q. Where are you now?
Still on the ship.
Q. How long are you going to be on the ship?
We should arrive in a couple of days.
Q. Are there still many of you?
There's still quite a few. Some died. Mostly women and kids.
Q. What did they die of?
The plague. At least that's what we call it.
Q. Did the crew get the plague?
Oh they're all right. They get fed proper.
Q. What can you see?
Low wooden ceilings, wooden bunks. There's not a lot of room.
You can't do much more than lie on the bunks. There's a central
area with a table and some benches.
Q. How many masts does the ship have?
4 masts.
Q. Do you know the name of the ship now?
No. I don't care about no name of the ship. It has guns.
Q. Are there other ships sailing with you?
No other ships.Go ahead 6 weeks now. Q. Where are you?
Ashore, I don't know the name of the town. It's an odd name.
Q. Did you go to Botany Bay?
The ship landed at Botany Bay. Then we were loaded on carts
and taken inland. It's not much of a town, more like a couple of big farms.
Q. How do you spend your day?
We was put to work on the farm. Some toff wants a house.
We’re building it.
Q. What's the toff's name?
We call him Sir Michael.
Q. Where do you sleep?
We sleep in the shed.
Q.Are there soldiers there?
They went away after a few days. They told us that if we try
to escape the bush would get us, or the aborigines.
Q. How do you spend your day?

Go ahead 1 year.

Q. Where are you?
In Sydney.
Q. What are you doing there?
Trying not to get caught again.
Q. How did you get to Sydney?
I run away.
Q. Did you run away on your own?
Someone came with me. His name's Jack. We stole a horse one night.
Q. Did it take long to get to Sydney?
A few weeks. We didn't know where we was going.
Q. What did you eat?
Whatever we could catch, or find. We
bumped into them their natives what they called aborigines.
They told us they were cannibals. But they were all right. They
got some funny habits. But they did right by us.

Were you deported as a prisoner?
Shearing the Rams
Tom Roberts (1890)

Q. What kind of funny habits did they have?
We didn't know what the food was. We didn't like to ask.
They painted their bodies. Didn’t wear no clothes.
Q. Where do you live now?

I got a room in Sydney.
Q. Do you have any money?
Get a little money now and again.
Q. What kind of money is it?
(Confused look on face) Pounds, shillings, pence.
Q. Do you buy your breakfast?
I buys it sometimes. (Smirking)
Q. How much does it cost?
A couple of pennies for a bit of bread and some cheese depends
where you go, depends who you know. What kind of food do you eat?
Food's food, it's all the same to me.
Q. Who is the King now?
There's no king in Australia.
Q. Who rules Australia?
Q. Who is the English King?
George I suppose, I haven't asked. I don't really care.
Q. Are you happy?
If you can call it happy I suppose.
Q. How do you spend your day?
I does a bit of this. A bit of that. Got good at carpentry I'm still
good at the old dipping when the need arises.
Q. Is there a woman in your life?
Nah. I got no time for a woman. Women are a burden, they need
looking after.
Q. Is there a bank in Sydney?
I expect so. I don’t use 'em. I don't have that need. There's one
not far from the room.
Q. What's it called?
Carter's Bank.
Q. What's the name of the magistrate?
I dunno I steers well clear of that sort.
Q. What happened to Jack?
Jack died. Something bit him in the bush, I dunno what. He got
the fever. Took him 3 days to die. I was alone for 3 weeks after.
Q. How did you first get money in Sydney?
I nicked a gent's watch. Took it down to the pawnshop.
Q. What are you wearing now?
Breeches, a jacket and a top hat I nicked.
Q. Did you nick the breeches and jacket?
No. I bought 'em.
Q. How much did they cost?
The breeches was 2 shillings. And the jacket was four shillings
and nine and a half pennies.
Q. Would they have been cheaper in England?
Don't know. That was a long time ago.

Go ahead 2 years.

Q.Where are you?
New York.
Q. How did you get there?
I signed board a cargo ship. I got to be a good carpenter, Thought
I might as well try my hand in America as anyplace else.
Q. Did you stop any other places on the way to America?
Oh yeah. We stopped lots of places. We stopped in China. They
got some funny little people there. They got yellowy skin and
slitty eyes. Then we stopped in Cape Town for a couple of
months for refitting and changing cargo.
Q. What kind of cargo did you carry?
Herbs, spices, cloth.
Q. What's the name of the ship?
The Sea Princess,
Q. How many masts does it have?
3 masts.
Q. Were the sails square rigged?
(Hesitation) What's that mean?
Q. Did the sails look square?
When they was up. Yes.
Q. How did the ship move when they weren't up?
I dunno, I'm a carpenter, not a bloody sailor.
Q. Where did you go after Cape Town?
Somewhere on the coast of Portugal. We took on some wine
there. Then some island in the big ocean. We stopped there
to rest 2 weeks and to get some fresh food.
Q. What do you eat at sea?
Depends how long you been out. The food's not bad when you
set off, then it runs out or the officers take it. And you get left
with hard tack and gruel.
Q. What do you drink?
Water a bit of rum now and again. They say we're not the real
navy so we're not entitled to it.
Q. Where did you go after the island?
America. I legged it when we arrived. They thought I was coming back.
Q. Did you get paid?
Yeah, I got paid before I left.
Q. How much were you paid?
12 pounds.
Q. How do you spend your day now?
I got myself a job, set myself up as a carpenter. Put myself about.
I did all right.
Q. What do you charge?
Depends what you want me to do. I can build you a cupboard.
Takes a few days and lots of wood, maybe 3 ~ 4 pounds.
Q. Do you see soldiers there?
Now and again. Scruffy lot. They wear blue. I ain't got much
time for soldiers, but at least English soldiers look smart.
Q. What year is it?
1850-something. I don't pay much attention.
Q. Who's on the throne?
Don't know. Don’t care.
Q. Who rules America?
President something or other. I don't take much interest I can’t read.

Go ahead 10 years.

A slave or plantation worker?

Q. Where are you now?
Q. Why did you go to Virginia?
Because I could afford to.
The climate is nicer,
there's grass and fields
and trees.
Q. What town do you live in?
Virginia City.
Q. What's the mayor's name?
Q. What kind of work do
you do there?

I don't work. People
work for me.

Q.What name do you
use now?

I stuck with the name
they give me. It was easier.
Q.How many people work for you?

About 50 or 60. I never learnt to count. They look after the tobacco.
Q. Do you have a farm?
It's a plantation. Not a big one.
Q. You bought a plantation in Virginia?
Yep, How much did it cost? 350 pounds.
Q. How much does the plantation earn in a year?
Not sure, there's a chap that looks after that. I might make
£100 pounds a year if the crops are good.
Q. Do you have slaves?
Yep. How many? 50 or 60 if you count the women. The women
come with the men, but they don't work.
Q. How much would you pay for a slave?
Depends. I might pay 10 guineas for a good slave.
I look after my slaves. Not like the bloody Americans around here.
I told them they were stupid for treating them bad.
You get more work out of 'em if you treat 'em right.
Q. Who else owns plantations there?
Well there's Lafayette, he's got the biggest plantation.
And there's the Chesters, and the Reevers. They're a stuck
up lot, I don't have much to do with them.
Q. What do you do with your day?
Walk around the plantation, make sure everything's alright.
Sometimes go into town on the pony and trap and have a drink
at the bar.
Q. What do you drink?
Same as everyone else, beer or whisky.
Q. How much does a drink cost?
A beer costs 5 cents.
Q. How much do you sell the tobacco for?
Depends how much you want. It's sold by weight. In bulk.
Q. Is there a woman in your life now?
No, I'm too old for all that.
Q. About how old are you now?
I must be pushing 60. Maybe past that. I never did know
how old I was.
Q. Who is the president now?
Depends who you listen to. The Union or the Confederacy.
Down here it’s mostly Confederates.
Q. Who is the Confederate president?
Some general, Jackson or something. My slaves said they'd
all stay if they was freed. The others don't like it. They called
me a ‘carpet bagger'. I don't know what that means. The
politicians from the North said they should all be freed. I
think they got a point. No man should own another man.
Q. Is there a foreman on the plantation?
Q. Is there a senior slave?
That's Tom. I gave him his freedom. He said he would stay
and run things. I know I can trust him.

Move ahead 5 years.

Q. Where are you now?
It's dark. There’s nothing, just dark.

Move back 3 years.

Q. Where are you?
The plantation. I still have the slaves. I don't know how
much longer for. I'm old and tired, I don't think I'm long
for this world.
Q. What will happen to the plantation and your slaves
when you're gone?

I hadn't thought of that.
Q. Do you have any family?
No family. I know what I think I'll do (laughs). I'll leave it to
the slaves.
Q. What's been happening in the world?
There was a war. They won. But nothing changed. I kept me
head down.
Q. Did you see the soldiers?
I saw them going by, some in blue going South. The ones in
gray going north. They never bothered us.

Go ahead 6 months.

Q. Where are you?
In bed. My health is bad. The woman slave looks after me.
Q. What's her name?
I calls her Matilda. She says I wouldn't be able to pronounce
her real name.
Q. Is Tom still there?
He's still here. He's younger and still fit.

Go ahead 3 months.

Q. Where are you?
Still in bed. Weak.
Q. What's wrong with you?
Just old age. I'm not ill, I'm just tired. I called a lawyer and
sent for Tom and some others. I told the lawyer to write on
a paper that the plantation becomes the property of the slaves
when I'm gone and that they're all to be given their freedom. I
don't know if anyone will buy the tobacco from them. But I said
for him to make sure that if they sell the plantation, to make sure
that it's sold for the best possible price.
Q. What's the name of the plantation?
Whitechapel Plantation.
Q. What's the nearest town?
(Hesitation) I'm tired.
Q. Is there anybody in that life that you know now in this life?
Q. Have you achieved everything in that life that you wanted to?
I bettered myself. And the years on the plantation haven't been unkind.
Q. Is there anything that you haven't done that you would like to have done?
I dunno. You don't think about ambition when you grow up like I grew up. Things just happen, sometimes other people makes em happen.


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