Argall family Worldwide

The Argall Family in Australia

The second largest national grouping of ARGALLs can be found in Australia – estimated at around 380 of them in 1990. Most ARGALL immigration into Australia took place between 1840 and 1900; again mining activities in the second half of the 19th Century played a part in where they settled, although the earliest emigrants included those who had been working in farming.

Most sailed to the three main ports of Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. However, on arrival, whilst some went into the mining industries, a large number followed farming – especially those descending from Richard Nancarrow Argall from St Columb Minor, in Cornwall, who had emigrated in 1878 at the age of 18 in charge of horses on a ship and eventually became a successful farmer.

No ARGALL can be traced to the convicts who were transported as a punishment for crimes committed in England; although at least one migrated abandoning his wife in Cornwall and (bigamously) marrying again in Australia. No doubt he relied on distance to assert he was a Batchelor on his second marriage declaration. His abandoned wife remarried in England, but her second husband died, so she migrated to Victoria, Australia to be with her son (Richard Nancarrow Argall). She married there for a third time, not knowing how close she was living to her first husband. There is no evidence that they ever met again in Australia, although I am not sure whether Richard knew where his father was!.

Most ARGALLs are now found in the States of Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.



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