Settler life was hard work, but living conditions became much worse in the 1930s. The Great Depression was a whole decade of people around the world suffering. There were financial hardships after the stock market crash. People were losing their jobs and could no longer feed their families. There hadn’t been proper rainfall for crops to grow. Topsoil blowing around was creating terrible dust blizzards. There was a grasshopper plague occurring and the grasshoppers were eating any plant that was managing to grow during the drought. Debt was adding up and families were being forced to sell their farms.