Update: I don't think I have the guts to chuck almost everything out. That will be a really tough job. Think we'll take a container, make sure we are adequately insured and hope for the best. Tomorrow's visit by the furniture removal consultant will help us make up our minds.
We are wrestling with the idea of just going over with our ordinary luggage allowance plus 75kg airfreight each and buying everything else new that side. That would mean getting rid of the residue this side and starting afresh that side. Things do seem mighty pricey that side. Maybe it isn't so bad when you are earning dollars and not converting rand.
I heard a container nightmare story today from Adelaide. The container finally arrived 3 months after the family's arrival. Joy was soon dashed to the ground as priceless antiques had been ruined by improper packaging after fumigation and a security box had been smashed open and the contents stolen. Items of great value and sentimental value are either ruined or stolen. It is believed this all happened on Australian soil. I can't imagine how devastating this must be especially having paid so much for the container to come over and having waited so long for it in eager anticipation. I hope they take action against the responsible party. This seems to be an isolated case of bad luck as most container stories I've read so far don't seem so bad - the worst thing seems to be the musty linen.
The above story has thoroughly put me off the idea of buying new this side and shipping it over. The choice is now between taking everything over or taking over the bare minimum and buying new. Less valuable stuff (eg. books) in excess of the airfreight could be posted to Oz surface mail. The idea of a new minimalist life is attractive.