In WW2 the English had to ask America for guns for the home guard to use. They had taken most of the peoples guns off them you see, and they had nothing left with which to defend themselves. So if Australia is ever invaded, we will have to defend our homes & families with bows & arrows!
Okay, let us hope that something can be done to stop this legislation going through, & we will consentrate on other things for this post.
Not every settler had a horse or stock to carry their goods. Some travelled by boat & then on foot, other just on foot. Our situation is likely to put us on foot aventually, so let's consentrate on that situation.
We need to be very choosy when it comes to the equipment we carry with us. We can't afford a lot of weight, but at the same time there will be a lot of tasks that will require tools to complete once we reach our destination. So there must be a compromise between two principles; Minimum weight, and Maximum self-reliance.
Tools will make tools. A tomahawk/axe can make digging tools such as a pick, mattock, plough & a crowbar (English). But if you have enough people then you can distribute your larger tools among them. Don't forget, you can just carry the heads & make the stails & helves on site.
From Diderot. Carrying methods for tools.
A small mattock. You can make & fit a longer handle.
A small pick.
The pruning saw is very efficient at cutting limbs from trees or bucking. These were available in the 18th century.
All of these tools will double as weapons, & have been used as weapons in the past.