|Rushden Echo, 25th March 1904, transcribed by Kay Collins
Off to CanadaYesterday two Rushden young menMr Horace Bull (son of the late Mr Geo. Bull) and his cousin Mr Leonard Bull (son of the late Mr Chas. Bull) started for Canada. On Sunday afternoon at the Queen-street Independent Wesleyan schools the emigrants were each presented with a gold fountain pen. Mr G Denton, senior superintendent, made the presentation on behalf of the school, and he and Mr T Bromage wished the recipients a happy and prosperous future. Mr John Mackness, the teacher of the young men’s class, also spoke.Mr T F Twigge, son of Mr Twigge, of Bencroft Grange, Bedford-road, Rushden, and Mr Sidney Miller, of Midland-road, Rushden, also left for Canada.
|Rushden Echo, 23rd June 1905, transcribed by Kay Collins
The Migration to the WestMr and Mrs Britton, of Harborough Park, with their son, left Rushden on Monday for Canada. About .. schoolmates of Master Britton were at the Station to see him off by the 1.29 train. The voyage of the party is being made by the SS Lake Manitoba.
|Rushden Echo, 3rd September 1909, transcribed by Peter Brown
Emigrants Miss Frances Freeman, daughter of Mr C Freeman, of Crabb Street, and Miss Auger, are leaving Rushden this week for America. Miss Freeman will join her brother Mr C Freeman who formerly worked at the CWS factory at Rushden.
|Rushden Echo, 11th March 1910, transcribed by Kay Collins
EmigrantsMr Wakelin, late manager at Messrs Burton’s Stores, Rushden, and Mrs Wakelin left Rushden on Monday for Sheffield. After a brief stay there they will proceed to Canada.
|1914 Canadian Contingent
|Rushden Echo, 23rd January 1925, transcribed by Kay Collins
Rushden People in Australia
Mr and Mrs Arthur Bowers Return to Old Home
Bootmaking in the Antipodes
After three and a half years’ absence from Rushden, Mr and Mrs Arthur Bowers and their little daughter have returned from Australia. Mr Bowers first worked at farming at Glenthompson, in Victoria, but shortly afterwards, he and his family moved to the city of Melbourne, where Mr Bowers worked in the finishing department of a huge boot factory. He says that the class of product turned out of Australian boot factories is decidedly inferior in quality to the Rushden made boot, but the retail prices, even after allowing for the great addition to the British as a result of shipping, are not correspondingly different. Boots from England, although very much better in quality, style, finish, etc., cost very little more in Australia than Australian-made boots. The factory hours in Melbourne are 44 a week, and the minimum wage is £4 10s. But the minimum does not remain the maximuma skilled and fast workman gets £5 a week or more.
The cost of living, however, is very high, and rents of houses are exorbitant. A five-roomed house, with a small front garden and the usual garden at the back is rented at 35s. a week! A man’s suit made in good quality serge costs from eight to nine guineas.
The Commonwealth Government’s scheme of assisting in the payment of passages to Australia and finding farm jobs is not the “bread of life” idea that some people imagine. An immigrant arrives in Australia under the assisted passage scheme and is sent up country to a farmer, who engages him at, say, £1 a week plus board and lodging. The work is long and arduous as compared with farmwork in England. After a few months the man, having made good, naturally asks for more money. The farmer replies by discharging him and applying to the Australian Government for another man! The
Out-of-Work Farm Labourer
then drifts to the cities and swells the ranks of the out-of-work, for whom, by the way, there is no “dole.”
Colonials, both Australians and South Africans, Mr Bowers says, are by no means friendly to the Englishman who goes out to get a job. They look on him as having taken what was legitimately their own means of livelihood. Generally speaking, Mr Bowers did not find the residents of Melbourne a church going people, although there are some magnificent churches there, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Anglican. Mr Bowers, who is an able vocalist, was appointed bass soloist at one big church in Melbourne, and his services at public festivities were much in demand/ On one occasion he sang in the presence of the Governor-General of the State, an ex-Prime Minister, and other notabilities.
The climate of Melbourne, Mr Bowers said, is even more changeable than the English. People have no idea at the beginning of the day what variations will take place in a few hours. His general opinion of Australia is that it is a country of wonderful possibilities in the way of development, but “if an Englishman has got a good job, he should stay where he is and not emigrate to Australia.” Mr Bowers and his family went to Australia over three years ago on account of the very bad state of the boot trade here. Comparing the two countrieswith the home industries much improvedhe says there is not a country to beat England.
During his stay in Australia Mr Bowers met Mr F Green, formerly of Rushden, and a contributor to the columns of the Rushden Echo (who is now in business on his own account), the Wilsons, and a number of other old Rushdenites.
|Rushden Echo, 30th January 1925, transcribed by Kay Collins
Canada, and the great opportunities she offers to the intending settler, will be the subject of an interesting lecture to be delivered in the Co-operative Hall, Rushden, on Monday next. The lecture will be given by Mr T E Hockley, of the Cunard Line, who has recently returned from an extensive Canadian tour, and will be illustrated by slides and films. There will be no charge for admission, and questions on the subject of settlement will be cordially entertained at the close of the lecture. Further particulars may be obtained from Mr Tom Swindall, 28 Moor-road, Rushden, local agent of the Cunard Line.
|Rushden Echo, 18th August 1944, transcribed by Peter Brown
American Killed - Son of Former Rushden Resident
Pvt. James W Sanders, US Army, son of Mr and Mrs James Sanders, of 127, Knickerbocker-avenue, Rochester, N.Y., who has been killed in action while serving in Normandy, was the nephew of Mr Arthur Sanders, the Rushden building contractor, and visited Rushden on his last leave. He was aged 26 and married, and before enlistment worked for Messrs Kodak. His father formerly resided in Hayway, Rushden, and emigrated to the United States in 1906.