My name is Henry Catlin and this is my life story. I am a shoe-maker in Bendigo, Victoria, in the land they call Australia. I have had a long and eventful life. I am old now and sometimes I wonder how my life will end. It is strange the way things turn out. Today I have a good living but my life began very differently. I was born many miles away in the country of England. I wish I could say it was a happy beginning, but that would be far from the truth.