Mr. and Mrs. Hearn and their six sons - the first big British family to?
Mr. and Mrs. Hearn and their six sons - the first big British family to emigrate to the new Republic of South Africa - left Waterloo Railway Station, London, June 15, for Southampton, where they boarded the "Cape Town Castle" and not sail for Cape Town.
"I want to give my family something extra in life," said Mr. Hearn, "and we decided that the best thing to do was emigrate. We considered many countries, but in the end we chose South Africa because we believe it has a tremendous future. It's a go-ahead country, and it has enormous resources of mineral wealth."
In South Africa they will receive a great reception. On the rail journey between Cape Town and Johannesburg - where they will settle - there will be welcoming functions at Pearl and Worcester, and the children will be given fruit and sweets. At Johannesburg they will be met by the Mayor and other civic officials.
The family consists of Mr. Charles Hearn - a skilled toolroom fitter, his Italian-born wife Iole Maria - whom he met and married in Italy while serving as a sergeant in world war two; John (13); Stephen (12); Alan (10); Michael (7); Richard (5); and Martin (3). Their former home was in Portsmouth.