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Daniel Tree: the rise and fall of an Old Colonist

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  The Old Colonists Banquet 1872, State Library of South Australia This began as another of my emigration stories based on the ships my relatives sailed on when they left the Kent Sussex borders in the early 1800s. In the process of checking a detail using Trove, the Australian newspaper website, the story developed a life of its own and shows what a valuable tool newspapers …

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Over the seas and far away: my relatives to America & Canada

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These are some very rough notes I’ve complied on my relatives who emigrated to America and Canada to help with my research and concentrate my thoughts. I’ve combined the two countries as some families seem to move across the border – several times in some cases. I’m sure there are more yet to be discovered so I’ll keep adding to this.  In addition to the list …

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Over the seas and far away: my relatives to Australia 1838-9

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Below is a list of the relatives I’ve discovered who emigrated to Australia in the space of just 2 years from a small area on the Kent / Sussex border. I’ve also included details of some of their extended families to try and build up a more rounded picture of the pattern of emigration. I’ve compiled the list as an aide memoire for myself and it’s …

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The Baker family: from Salehurst to Sydney

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SARAH DRURY 1796-1839  Sarah Drury is my 5 x great aunt and was the daughter of William and Mary Drury nee Iden. She was baptised in Rolvenden, Kent on 2 October 1796 [1] and was the fifth of William and Mary’s six children and their youngest daughter. In the 1841 census her father, brothers and all the surrounding households were agricultural labourers. On 4 January 1813 when she was 16 …

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The Weeks family: The Poor Law, Peasmarsh and Parramatta: the story of one agricultural family

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James and Sarah Weeks were one of the many agricultural families in the 1830s trying to make a living on the Kent/Sussex border. I’m sure they didn’t envisage being shipwrecked off the Cape of Good Hope on their long and uncomfortable sea voyage to Australia. Six months after setting out they eventually made it to Australia and settled in Parramatta. I believe they are a well …

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