Emigration to Australia
Several Sacketts emigrated from England to Australia in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The earliest record is that of the involuntary emigration of Thomas Baker Sackett (c1796–1837) who was convicted at the Old Bailey, in London, of robbery and transported to the convict colony of New South Wales in 1828.
Other, later, emigrants made the journey half-way around the world in the hope of a better, more prosperous, life, but knowing that they were unlikely to see again family and friends left behind in England.
Among the emigrants who have left numbers of living descendants in Australia were brothers George File Sackett and Leonard Sackett, who migrated from Kent and settled in New South Wales in the 1880s. They were followed in 1910 by their first cousin, Robert Moffat Sackett, who also settled in NSW.
George William Sackett, a sign writer, emigrated from Ramsgate in Kent to Queensland, marrying there in 1889. His brothers, Alexander Allen Sackett and Richard Edward Sackett, also went to Australia before the First World War, Richard enlisting in the Australian Imperial Forces, and settling in Australia after the war. Alexander did not stay and returned to England.
Emigrating from Faversham, Kent, to Australia before the First World War were cousins William James Sackett and Edmund Herbert Sackett. Both enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces. Edmund was killed in action in France.