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Emigration to South Australia From England

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Unknown Report 2 Jan 2013 02:08

Hi all,
Can anyone please tell me how old you had to be to emigrate to Australia as a single man in the 1840-1850s.
Thank you.


Reggie Report 2 Jan 2013 09:49

Have you tried looking for info yourself by using google?


mgnv Report 2 Jan 2013 21:55

21, obviously, otherwise you'ld be emigrating as a single youth or child.


KathleenBell Report 2 Jan 2013 22:19

People were also transported to Australia around that time as a punishment and this would have happened to youngsters too (I think).

Kath. x

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۞ Cherilyn ۞ Report 3 Jan 2013 02:21

If you mean as a free settler, it is tricky as I believe a youth could travel alone or sometimes with an accompanying person who may or may not be a direct relative (eg servant, nursemaid, or extended family member). I have seen sisters travelling together aged 18, 21 with no apparent older relative etc...not sure there were hard and fast rules and it is difficult to say without a specific case.

When times were tough in the UK, Australia (and Canada and the US) were seen as lands of opportunity, so some parents sent their youngsters away for a chance at a better life.

Not to mention the goldrush in Australia & NZ (1850s-1880s) got plenty of young men over here, seeking their fortune!


Unknown Report 3 Jan 2013 13:28

Hi all, thanks for your answers.
Cheers, Briony