The first Kearvells to emigrate to Australia are believed to be Edward and Alice
Kearvell from Bosham . They left in about 1892 with eight(?) children to start a
new life in Adelaide South Australia. A further three children are known to have
been born in Australia. (Newspaper reports indicate they had 12 children - but records
only found for 11)
Their children were Edward James, John Cornelius, William George, Ada Eliza Grace,
Caroline Annie, Alice Mary (died in infancy), Emily Helen, Beatrix Charlotte, Gladys,
Adelaide Ruby, Elsie Jane and one unknown(?).
Edward was a Bricklayer and gained a reputation in Adelaide for his workmanship
and good health. A 1927 Adelaide "The News" newspaper article gives a fascinating
insight into Edward’s life. He was injured in a Road Traffic Accident on his way
work and the local news reporter, sent to his home the following day to interview
was too late. Edward, aged 73, had shrugged off his injuries and gone back to work!
At the time he was engaged in cutting archways at the new hospital site at Yatala
The reporter therefore stopped and interviewed Alice. She told him how they had
emigrated with their eight children from England and how Edward had enjoyed robust
good health. Even though he smoked and enjoyed a drink – "a handle I think he calls
– he had never seen a doctor since they arrived in Australia. They had been married
50 years and Edward was an early riser, always cooking his own breakfast and eating
heartily at lunch and supper. For 40 years of their time in Australia they had lived
same house at 8 Water Street, Kensington Park., Adelaide.
At the time of the 1927 article the family believed they were the only ones in Australia
with the family name.
When I wrote about the Family Tree to contact addresses around the world in October
2000, there were about 40 Australian entries. Of these over 30 were based in South
Australia. Through family contacts over the past four years I have managed to build
at least a "bare-bones" tree of the Australian branches, whilst details for some
remain sketchy. If any of the South Australian Kearvells reading this can supply
missing details I will be very grateful. If you don’t happen to know another Kearvell,
look one up in the local telephone directory and give them a call – they are certain
to be a close relative!!