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Cornish settlement in New South Wales

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  • John Hooper, Convict "Mary" 1821 (1798 - d.)
    John HooperBaptism: only one found so far that is not included in Census* Name: John Hooper* Gender: Male* Baptism Date: 22 May 1778* Baptism Place: Calstock, Cornwall, England* Father: Joseph Hooper *...

Cornish settlement in New South Wales

Cornish people first arrived in Australia with Captain Cook, most notably Zachary Hickes, and there were some Cornish convicts on the First Fleet, James Ruse, Mary Bryant, along with several of the early governors. South Australia, with its emphasis on being free of convicts and religious discrimination, was championed by many Cornish religious dissenting groups and Cornish people comprised a sizeable proportion of settlers helped establish that colony. Large scale Cornish emigration to Australia did not begin until the 1840s, coinciding with the Cornish potato famine and slumps in the Cornish mining industry. The gold rushes and copper booms were major draws on Cornish people, not just from Cornwall itself, but also from other countries where they had previously settled.

please add profiles here of Cornish people who settled in New South Wales, at any time.

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