My gg grandfather, James Priaulx (b 30 May 1865 St Martins, lived at La Heaumerie, Saints Road, St Peters Port) emigrated with 5 other lads from Guernsey They left Portsmouth on the ‘Abergeldie’ in December 1883 and arrived in Sydney February 1884. The lads were:
• Octavius Anthony Bonnell, 18, Carpenter, from the Habits, St Martins.
• Alfred Gould, 22, Carpenter, from Guernsey.
• Thomas Albert Le Cheminant, 19, Plasterer, from March Place, St Peters Port.
• Peter Thomas Le Marchant, 24, Labourer, from St Martin.
• Charles Walter Roper, 19, Carpenter, from St Andrews.
Apart from Octavius Bonnel and James, who both married and left a traceable family record, these men left few discernable tracks and have faded into history.
I'm interested in the reason why these boys emigrated. Was it as a result of a campaign by an immigration agent or favourable publicity in the local press, urging from friends in NSW (unlikely as they knew no one in the colony), the social and economic conditions at home or just out of a sense of adventure?
Can anyone help?