Many left England for a better life in the mid 1800s; for example brothers Joseph and Theodore Pursey from Walton. A post by Bill Pursey on Ancestry’s Rootsweb site has this to say:
“JOSEPH (b 1836) WALTON and THEODORE (b 1838) sons of FRANCIS FRAMPTON PURSEY and ANN GALLOP, migrated to Australia 1856 on board Phoebe Dunbar. Landed in Moreton Bay (now Brisbane). Joseph settled eventually in Coraki, NSW and married Annie LANG. They had 11 children. Their farm “Frampton Park” is still in the Pursey family. Descendants still live around the area of Lismore and Coraki but others are settled all over Australia. Theodore on marriage to ANN NORSTER changed his name to PERCY and went to New Caledonia he returned to Australia and settled also in Coraki. Another brother George and sister Mary Ann migrated to Canada. Another sister Sarah migrated at a later date to Australia.”
George, referred to above, is George Gallop Pursey. He went to Canada in 1857.
(Head of this tree is William Pursey & Hannah Hawkins of Shapwick, Somerset.)
Another to embark on a boat for better things was George Swan Pursey who in 1884 left London bound for Sydney, NSW on the Port Phillip. George married Alice M Torning in 1892. George was a clerk in Orient Chambers, Hunter Street and despite him coming from a fairly wealthy family, George and Alice didn’t have it easy at first. In 1893, he declared himself insolvent. Things were looking up the following year, with the arrival of they announced the birth of a son.
[George was not the only one in his family to get into financial difficulties. His grandfather John – a meat salesman from Stogumber, Somserset – also had money worries. See separate post.]