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.
McGill-Queen's University Press published two books about the Petworth emigrations in 2000. Assisting Emigration to Upper Canada examines the social upheavals and political responses that led sponsors to send emigrants from England. It also investigates the background of the rural, working people who took this opportunity to emigrate and follows them to places where they first settled in colonial Upper Canada. English Immigrant Voices is a collection of the letters Petworth immigrants sent to family and friends at home. These letters have been edited and annotated to help the modern reader.
Parish-Aided Emigration from England to Canada
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.