Some of the siblings (et al) in Cornwall took themselves off to Australia. This was when gold was being mined, but I cannot see any went for the gold, they went to provide a service to the community that were developing into towns as farmers and blacksmiths. Ballarat, Victoria was the top choice
Here is a quick summary of those that went:
Annie Freeman b1830 (my gr gr grandmother) her
- Sister Grace Freeman b1833 lived over there for a while with her husband Lisle Cuttance (son of the publican Chyvounder Arms), when he died she returned home and then remarried and went to Nebraska, USA.
- Brother Edward Freeman b1829
- Cousin Elizabeth Caddy b1838 (Father Michael Caddy), she married Edward Freeman in Ballarat in 1862, his first wife died.
- Cousin Elizabeth Caddy Freeman b1859 (Father Thomas Freeman)
- Cousins Juliana b1860, Thomas E b1864 (Father William Caddy Freeman)
Thomas Henry Lugg (my gr gr grandfather) his
- Brother Edward Lugg b1821
- Brother Samuel Hendy Lugg b1823
- Uncle William Lugg b1800 and his wife and 7 children see poems below
Details of William Lugg and family trip
Ship Sir Edward Parry 575 Tons. They departed from Plymouth 7 Jul 1852, and arrived Geelong 23 Oct 1852, the family were ‘assisted’ and left the assisted immigrants depot disengaged, except for Edward who was engaged by Mr Blair at £65 for 3 months with rations and James who was engaged by Mr Allcock at $45 for 3 months plus rations.
I have been unable to find an advert in Cornish Newspapers that may have been how they applied, here is an example of one:
From Early Boyhood to Old Age.
When a boy on my Father’s farm,
All things connected had its charm;
Every change brought something new,
Pleasing to both the mind and view.
Every season brought its share
Of blessings plentiful and fair.
The cow, the pig, the hen and goose
Each brought its blessing to the house.
At Christmas time Church bells were rung,
Carols and anthems sweetly sung.
To celebrate that glorious Birth
That brought goodwill and peace on earth.
This custom kept, that was not all,
See full poem here – it has the entire story of their Australia move and settlement
A Few Lines Now For Geelong
Has always been a market town,
Is now got into fair renown;
For every type of produce grown,
Quick, ready sales are always shown;
The Auction marts have so advanc’d,
Sales of produce are much enhanc’d;
Produce poor, or never so rare,
The prices reached are mostly fair.
The town seems now on the advance,
And value of property much enhanc’d;
Business men have made a push
To get resources from the bush;
Timber plenty, with gold and coal,
If these are found, may not be all.
By railway line, that’s now propos’d,
New things there may yet be disclos’d;
No one knows all that’s underground,
More valuable gems may yet be found.
Where Geelong stands, the site so pretty,
It must become a popular city;
Melbourne being first, it took the lead,
See the full poem here: William_Lugg_-_A_Few_Lines_Now_For_Geelong
I see this as a WiP, and hope to find more, and how they kept in touch. There is a Gravestone in Gunwalloe Church that has the names of the deaths of the Freemans in Australia (I think) sadly I don’t have a photo.