Our genealogy resource has thrown up many individual emigrant stories which we have gathered together to make a display.
John “Big Jack” Wilkinson (above) of St John’s Chapel who became a successful gold prospector in the Klondyke.
During the Gold Rush Phoebe Watson of Ireshopeburn and husband George Emerson of Westgate, were intimately involved in the Eureka Stockade incident in Australia the only recorded rebellion in Australian history.
Jacob Heatherington the son of a Westgate couple made his fortune in the coal mines of Ohio. His partner Jack (his mule) was so highly regarded that his mansion was commonly called “The house that Jack built.”
Joseph Cuthbert Peart came to a bad end. Following a street gunfight he was hunted down and killed by the posse sent to arrest him.
Edwin Bainbridge, grandson of the founder of Bainbridge’s department store in Newcastle was tragically killed during a volcanic eruption in New Zealand.
Joseph Race of Ireshopeburn became a Methodist missionary in China administering medical aid to the natives before succombing himself to typhoid in 1880.
Our display also records the story of the sailing ship “Margaret Galbraith” which left London on 16th October 1879, bound for Dunedin in New Zealand with nearly 60 of her 145 passengers coming from one small area, between Cowshill and Killhope, of upper Weardale.