There were a number of schemes of this type around this time. Agriculture
and mining had started to decline in the South West and wages were
beginning to fall. Some involved sending recruiting agents to the area,
others were sponsored by local benefactors. Miners were often recruited by
agents from the North East and agricultural labourers went to fill the those
jobs left by the move to the industrialised cities.
Around 1870 my great grandfather , John Ware Hill, was helped by Canon
Girdlestone, who, appalled at conditions in his parish of Halberton, used
his connections to successfully relocate 600 families. I believe there was
another scheme that placed advertisements in the Times for suitable
employers. In the end they only stayed working in agriculture for a few more
years before joining the industrial revolution.
From: DEVON [mailto:email@example.com] On
Behalf Of B. Edmonds
Sent: 24 February 2017 02:35
To: devon(a)rootsweb.com; eng-dev-southhams(a)rootsweb.com
Subject: [DEV] Mr. BENTALL, Agent at Totnes 1841 + others
Not sure if this has veer been posted before this, but in any case, there
will be newer Members.
Australia Bound 1688-1888
In Totnes [Devon] in 1841, an agent for Australian Agricultural Company, Mr.
BENTALL, simply selected shepherds and labourers from the area and shipped
them out - the list included Thomas LAVERS, his wife and three children;
Richard MARTIN with wife and child; John EDWARDS, his wife and four
children; Philip PILLAGE, John TOTTEL and Richard CROSS, all single men;
George EVANS and John JARVIS who, it was noted, were engaged to be married
but sailed single. Two men, John MARTIN and John GERMON, clearly got cold
feet and 'absconded in England'; and one William BIRCH'S daughter refused to
go so the family remained in England. Those that did go arrived safely at
Port Jackson in the ship GANGES on 23 June 1842.
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