Exodus

The 1840s were tough times and during the following twenty years many people left Chrishall to make the journey to Australia. Amazingly we only know of one person who was sadly lost on route and many of the families who took this trip ended up leading successful lives on the other side of the world. Exodus is a series of articles about these families and their stories.

Exodus Timeline

Exodus Timeline Who left for Australia and when did they go?1849 Wrights and Pitches The first to leave Chrishall in this era. We have a report of Joseph and Mary Pitches (nee Pigg) arriving in Melbourne 7 January 1849 and setting up divine worship in their home. The...

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The Warren and Eliza Griggs

With many thanks to Denise from Australia who has been so inspired by the Exodus exhibition that she has been doing some research of her own! A little bit of history of Marrickville where Eliza Griggs (nee Woods) and her husband lived, late 1890’s It seems that many...

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George and Mary Pitches

George and Mary Pitches

(Photos kindly loaned by Maree Harris, Australia) George Pitches was born in Chrishall in 1837, the son of James and Mary Pitches (nee Kemp). James was the Innkeeper of the Red Cow. George married Ellen (nee Manning) in 1858 and emigrated to Australia the same year,...

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Joseph and Mary Pitches

Joseph and Mary Pitches

Among the first families to leave the village, Joseph and Mary Pitches arrived in Melbourne on 7th January 1849. According to Mrs Richardson’s research for the history of the chapel they lived at Camps Cottage in Broad Green. They opened their house for church...

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The Cane Family

Joseph and Ann Cane are listed on the 1841 census both aged 35. Joseph was a farmer and they had 8 children at the time of the 1841 census. However several of these children were destined to end up in Australia. The Cane exodus to Australia really started with their...

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Exodus childrens activities

Exodus childrens activities

(These links all open in a new window) Have a go at making this pop up galleon "We can have free passage": activities from an Australia Digital Classroom "Migration to Australia in the 1800s" more digital classroom activites from the State Library of New South Wales...

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Corby Family

Corby Family

The Chrishall Archive Group receives correspondence from time to time from the descendants of people who emigrated from Chrishall and last year David Corby in Australia emailed with information about his family history. His great-grandfather, William Corby was born in...

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Exodus – the Ships

Exodus – the Ships

These are the ships that we know took Chrishall people on their way to their new life in Australia. A 'Bark' or 'Barque' was a ship with at least three masts. ConstantThe Constant was a 535 tonne Bark built in Durham in 1843, initially as a convict ship. She made four...

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The Woods Family

The Woods family information is a little scattered but I hope by recording what we have here we might be able to pull it together. There is no doubt about their religion however. The first report I have is from an article written by Margaret Richardson and published...

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The Button Family

On Thursday 21st May 1857, Betsey Button and her family boarded The Talbot, a ship that would take them from England to Victoria Australia where they were to make a new life. They arrived in Victoria on Tuesday 25th August 1857[1] with 366 other immigrants to the...

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