The Petworth Emigration Project records ten years' work by a group of researchers in Canada and England who came together for a case study of assisted emigration.
The subject of the study is 1830s emigration and immigration - from Sussex and other counties in the south of England to Ontario in Canada. It will interest historians, genealogists, and everyone who wants to know more about the immigrant experience.
Petworth emigrants were part of a larger movement of working-class people from the south of England to Upper Canada (Ontario). In the 1830s, English parishes and landlords tried to solve problems of rural poverty by assisting people to emigrate to Upper Canada.
One successful example was the Petworth Emigration Committee organized by the Reverend Thomas Sockett, under the sponsorship of the Earl of Egremont. The Petworth committee chartered ships and sent emigrants from England to Canada in each of the six years between 1832 and 1837. In addition to people from its own Petworth area of Sussex, the committee helped send emigrants from almost 100 parishes in Sussex and neighbouring counties.
Between 1830 and 1837, more than 19,000 immigrants arriving at the port of Quebec had had financial help from parishes and landlords. Assisted immigrants numbered close to one-third of all arrivals from England in these years. Some 1800 of these parish-aided immigrants sailed from Portsmouth to Toronto on ships chartered by the Petworth Emigration Committee.
Learn more about the Petworth Project
Read our books for a study of assisted emigration and the background to the Petworth emigrations.|
If your ancestors were Petworth emigrants, are they on our list in Part 2 of Assisting Emigration? Did we find a letter?