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Channel Islanders settlement in Australia

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Channel Islanders settlement in Australia is a project to trace those families who originated from the Channel Islands that settled in Australia.

Please add your profiles here and they will be traced in History Link. Add people who were born in the Channel Islands and who actually traveled to Australia only. Add all in a family including children.


The Channel Islands (Norman: Îles d'la Manche, French: Îles Anglo-Normandes or Îles de la Manche) are an archipelago of British Crown Dependencies in the English Channel, off the French coast of Normandy. They include two separate bailiwicks: the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey. They are considered the remnants of the Duchy of Normandy, and are not part of the United Kingdom. They have a total population of about 168,000 and their respective capitals, Saint Helier and Saint Peter Port, have populations of 33,500 and 16,488, respectively. The total area of the islands is 194 km2.

There are other islands in the English Channel which are not part of the Channel Islands. Among these are the French islands Bréhat, Île de Batz, Chausey, Tatihou and Îles Saint-Marcouf. The Isle of Wight, which is part of England, is between the Channel and the Solent.

In the 19th century, wealthy French émigrés fleeing the Revolution sought residency in the islands. Many of the town domiciles existing today were built in that time. In Saint Peter Port, a large part of the harbour had been built by 1865.


  • David Kreckeler’s book on ‘Guernsey Emigrants to Australia, 1828 – 1899’: ‘Charles Marquand, son of Robert Marquand and of Mary Pitcher his wife, born on the 12th Dec. 1834’. Charles emigrated to Australia in 1853, leaving Guernsey on the 24 March on board the Lydia, and arriving in Melbourne on the 28 August.

Among Charles Marquand's companions on the voyage to Australia was Henry Adolphus Adams, who provides the link to the next part of the story. He was born in St Peter Port on 31 October 1833, the son of Henry Herbert Adams and Elizabeth Benest. This is the Henry H. Adams recorded on the headstone, and he must have been Elizabeth’s husband before her marriage to Robert Marquand. Further confirmation is provided by the 1851 census, since the household in the Commercial Arcade also included Henry A. Adams, cabinet maker, aged 17, and Elizabeth Adams, dressmaker, aged 16 – both born in Guernsey, and described as ‘son-in-law’ and ‘daughter-in-law’ respectively. This seems, reading about the interpretation of census information, to be a common alternative for stepson and stepdaughter, as we would refer to them today. Charles and Henry, then, taking the brave step to the other side of the world in 1853, were half-brothers.


  • THOMAS JAMES LEMPRIERE (1796–1852) “Commissariat officer, was a member of an old Jersey family dating back thousands of years. His mother and banker father spent years in Hamburg and Calais. The family was interned by Napoleon in 1803, but in 1812 Thomas was repatriated by subterfuge from Verdun with secret despatches. He served the Commissariat Department in France, Flanders and the West Indies (1815–16), then was employed in the counting house of cousins, T&W March & Co, London. Under their auspices, Lempriere sailed for Van Diemen’s Land, arriving in Hobart in 1822 to commence his own business. A shipboard romance resulted in his marriage to Charlotte Smith in 1823, and their large family was born over twenty years from 1824…(continued.)” Author: Geof Lennox. From:

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