Added on March 13, 2024 Category Past Events

16th April at 6.30pm FoHA Talk at Hackney Archives:
The enigmatic John Marshall of Hackney by Liz Rushen

A major London shipowner and resident of Hackney for three decades, in the mid-1820s John Marshall instigated reform of Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, which still assesses the seaworthiness of shipping, and later established Britain’s first emigration depot at Plymouth. He was one of the most active bounty emigration agents of the nineteenth century and assisted thousands of people to migrate to Australia, New Zealand, Cape Town, Canada and North America.

John Marshall served on the vestry of St John of Hackney from shortly after his arrival in Hackney in 1814, until he left in 1841, for 11 years he was a member of the parish Reading Society.

Dr Rushen’s book:
John Marshall: Shipowner, Lloyd’s reformer and emigration agent
Published by Anchor Books Australia.

Dr Rushen has also published a book on female emigration to Australia: Single & Free: female migration to Australia 1833-1837.

Her article in Hackney History 10 The Refuge for the Destitute and Female Emigration to Australia describes the Refuge, on Hackney Road, Shoreditch from 1811, and their innovative attempts to find a new life and opportunity in Australia for destitute women.

Booking for this free talk will be via Eventbrite:

10th – 12th May Hackney History Festival

The first Hackney History Festival  takes place from May 10th to May 12th, 2024 at Hackney Archives and Sutton House with satellite events at other venues throughout Hackney during May. This community festival features talks, walks, and guided tours showcasing some of the iconic buildings and spaces located in Hackney, which is considered as Europe’s most diverse borough.

Full details can be found on the festival website, including venues, and how to book tickets, and where you can register your interest: