The Argus, Melbourne, 23rd October 1856, page 1.
“MR. JAMES or DAVID FERGUSON, of Ayr, will receive word from home by calling on Thomas Cairns on board the ship Antarctic, as soon as possible”.
What the ‘word from home’ was has never been ascertained but three months later David Ferguson would dissolve his partnership with his brother and James Urie and he return to Scotland.
Or, had David had enough of the lawlessness and stench of Melbourne’s Streets? His elder brother James almost met his maker a year earlier when he was held up at gun point and robbed of a significant amount of money, so was this his David’s response to colonial Australia?