My 2x great grandfather, George King of Loddiswell and Woodleigh in Devon, chucked it all when he was 30 years old, and moved his young family to Canada. He is the only one of his family to do so, as several of his other siblings moved to Australia.
Brothers Thomas, Henry and Clement, as well as their sister Mary with her husband Thomas Symons Blake, made the move with government assisted passage.
Who with an adventurous soul could resist free or assisted passage:
Of course the Gold Rush may have had something to do with wanting to immigrate to Australia also. This is what must have enticed Thomas, who became a miner in Victoria.
In doing my research I have come across some resources that may help you tell the stories of your Australian ancestors, and I share them with you.
The Australasian July 22, 1865 (Melbourne Newspaper)
The history of the Australasian colonies (from their foundation to the year 1893)
A history of the Australasian Colonies (from their foundation to the year 1911)
The Australasian Medical Gazette (several years) - marriages and deaths at back
The Australasian Journal of Pharmacy (several years) - check personals in back
Australasian tokens and coins; a handbook 1921
Australasian sheep & wool, a practical theoretical treatise 1900
The wool marks directory of Australia (owners, address, etc) 1889
The Laws of the Australasian Colonies as to the Administration and Distribution of the Estate of Deceased Persons - 1884
The home of the blizzard; story of the Australasian Antarctic expedition, 1911-1914
The Australasian annual digest: being a digest of cases decided by the High Court 1905
A digest of Australasian Mining Cases - 1897
Australasia, illustrating the progress of the Australasian Colonies, to 1853
Australia in arms, a narrative of the Australasian Imperial Force w/maps
Austral English; a dictionary of Australian words, phrases and usages with those Aboriginal-Australian and Maori words which have become incorporated in the language and the commoner scientific words that have origin in Australasia - 1898
A short dichotomous key to the hitherto unknown species of Eucalyptus - 1898
Guide to the health resorts in Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand 1888
The Cyclopedia of South Australia : an historical and commercial review - 1907
Southern Australia City Directories 1864-1899
Southern Australia City Directories 1900+
The Victoria Post Office Directory 1866
The Victoria Post Office Directory 1869
Trade Directory of South Australia 1919
Trove - Newspapers, letters, maps, etc
Australia BMD exchange
Claim a Convict - Australia
List of permanent officers of the Commonwealth Public Service 1920 + 1922
Methodist Memorial Service for Queensland Methodist Soldiers 1919
Ancient Order of Foresters, Adelaide (Trove)
Handbook to Australasia 1859
The trooper police of Australia; a record of mounted police work in the commonwealth from the earliest day of settlement to the present time -1912
For other links, click on Australia, New Zealand or Tasmania in the labels column on the right.