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Emigration after WWI
Rushden Echo, 20th June 1919, transcribed by Kay Collins

Obituary—€”It is with deepest regret we have to report the death of Mr. Geo. Sidney Burfield, which took place at the age of 24 years at Marrickville Cottage Hospital, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia, on April 20th, after only four days'™ illness from pneumonia following influenza. Deceased was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Burfield, late of 141 Queen-street, Rushden, who seven years ago left Rushden for Australia. As a lad deceased passed through the Queen-street Independent Wesleyan Sunday school, and he was much respected by all who knew him. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents and wife, the deceased only having been married six months.


Rushden Echo, 10th October 1919, transcribed by Kay Collins

Mrs. W. Adams, of 1192 Dovercourt-road, Toronto, Canada, is now in this country on a visit to her parents and her sister at 46 Portland-road, Rushden (Mr. and Mrs. John Linnitt and Miss L. Linnitt). Mrs. Adams has not been in England for nine years, and her friends wish her a pleasant stay with her relatives in Rushden. Mrs Adams will be better known as Miss Jennie Linnitt to her friends and associates in Rushden before her marriage to Mr. W. Adams, whose parents (Mr. and Mrs. John Adams) reside at 11 Midland-road, Rushden. Mr. W. Adams served all through the war in the Canadian Army. He came over with the 74th Battalion, and was in France and elsewhere. Mr. Adams is now back again in Toronto, having been demobilised, and is fit and well.

Rushden Echo, 24th June 1921, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden Wedding in Australia —€” Statter - Morris

A pretty evening wedding was solemnised on April 30th at 5.30 by the Rev. Eric Lye, of Claremont, on the lawn at '€œRisdene,'€ Osborne Park, Western Australia, the residence of Mr. and Mrs. A. Whitney, late of Rushden, who last year visited their former home. The principals were Miss Annie Naomi, eldest daughter of Mrs. Rebecca Morris, of 177 Wellingborough-road, Rushden, and Mr. Ernest Statter, of Bridgetown, Western Australia, and late 11th Battalion A.I.F. [part of a longer report]

Rushden Echo July 29th 1921, transcribed by Susan Manton

'Old Rushdenites'€ in British Columbia

Messrs J.J.T and F.E. Holt, T. Knight, late of Washbrook Road, Rushden and F. Noble, late of Alfred Street, Rushden, and now of Birch Island, Kamloops, British Columbia, have written to Mr. Bernard Tomkins (the letter arriving yesterday) to state that his photograph appeared in a Vancouver paper, together with an account of his activities in the musical world. One of the signatories adds that he knew Mr. Tomkin’s father and worked with him on Nonconformist Council duties.


1922 invoice
Invoice 1922 for members of the Bridgeford Family to USA

Rushden Echo, 28th April 1922, transcribed by Kay Collins

Emigrant—”Mr. J. C. Darlow, son of Mr. C. Darlow, of Essex-road, Rushden, and an expert on the 'œGoodyear,' in the employ of the British United Shoe Machinery Company's depot at Glasgow, set sail from Southampton on Friday last for South Africa, where he will fill an important post in the service of the same company.

Rushden Echo, 6th April 1923, transcribed by Kay Collins

A Pleasing Presentation was made this week to Miss Elsie Travail, who has been employed in the shoeroom at the C.W.S. factory, and who is setting sail for America. Mr. H. Dixon, the foreman of the shoeroom, in asking Miss Travail to accept a manicure set, subscribed for by all in the room, said how sorry they were to lose her. On behalf of all the employees in the room, he wished her bon voyage and every prosperity. He sincerely hoped she would meet with success in the future which lay before her. In accepting the present from the hands of Mr. Dixon, Miss Travail sincerely thanked them all for their beautiful present and the kindly thought which prompted it, and said it would be a happy reminder in days to come of the pleasant relations she had had with them. Miss Travail left Rushden today (Friday) for Liverpool, accompanied by Miss Alice Holmes, her friend, and sails from Liverpool on the Carmenia.

Rushden Echo, 8th June 1923, transcribed by Kay Collins

Emigrants—Yesterday Mr. Arthur Macdonald Warren and his brother, William James Warren, the former aged 18 and the latter 14, set sail from Tilbury Docks for Australia. The lads were left orphans some months ago, and an aunt kept a home for them since. William had developed tuberculosis, but, thanks to the splendid treatment he received in time at Rushden House Sanatorium, he has been completely cured. An uncle of the lads, Mr. Jethro Warren, of Melbourne, Australia, who is in the boot industry, has sent for his two nephews to give them a chance of getting good occupations, probably out of doors. 'Mac' has the good wishes of his former workfellows at Messrs. B. Ladds Ltd., and William's school chums also wish him well.

Rushden Echo, September 7th 1923, transcribed by Kay Collins

Presentation—On the occasion of his marriage and forthcoming emigration to New Zealand, Mr. B. T. C. Payne, a tenor vocalist in the Park-road Baptist Choir was presented by his fellow-members on Sunday, before the evening service, with a gold-mounted Onoto Fountain pen. Mr. Bernard Tomkins, choirmaster, in handing the gift to Mr. Payne, wished him success in his new career, and expressed appreciation of the recipient'™s services to the choir. Mr. Payne made appropriate response.

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 maximum—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 'œbread 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 "œdole."

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 "œif 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 countries—”with the home industries much improved—”he 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.


Extract from Mr Austin Abrams' 1930 obituary: He also referred to the recent passing in Canada of Commandant Horace Mackness, who was a former bandsman and church member.

Rushden Echo, 29th August 1930, transcribed by Kay Collins

Acting Editor—”Mr. Edward Sayer, who was trained as a journalist on the 'Rushden Echo'—and left some three months ago to take up a responsible position on a daily newspaper in Hamilton, Bermuda, has been given editorial charge during a lengthy holiday season.


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.


Rushden Echo & Argus, 30th May 1947

Trekker Married
Mr Hebden Rodgerson, of Rushden, the former organist at Highfield Baptist Church, who made the overland trek to South Africa, has been married in Grahamstown to Miss Joy Luke. At the same time Mr. Rodgerson sends the information that he has purchased a grocery and newspaper business and is settling down well.


Rushden Echo & Argus, 2nd February 1951, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden Family for Australia
Leaving Rushden shortly after two years as engineering assistant with the Rushden Urban Council, is Mr. J. G. Swales, of 23, St. James' Close. He will be taking up a similar position with Brisbane (Australia) Council. Mr. Swales, together with his wife and three children sail on the Orontes on February 15th.


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