Dickens’ Mr Micawber solved his problems by emigrating to Australia; his example was followed by Dickens’ own sons.  Alfred arrived in 1865 and younger brother Edward three years later. They both became managers and part-owners of stations in the far west of New South Wales, and stock and station agents. Alfred moved to Victoria and lectured both in Australia and overseas.  Edward went to live in Wilcannia which he represented in Parliament.  They may not have won fame or fortune, but their story, partly told through family letters, is still absorbing and would be of interest to any fan of Dickens.