Emily Henrietta Emptage married in Hull in 1886, when she was supposedly 21. Her husband, William Edmonson Chafer jumped ship in Melbourne, Australia in 1887. Emily joined him in there in 1889. But a family myth disputes the facts.
Five years after her husband, Thomas Hepburn, had been convicted for his part in the Swing Riots of 1830 and had been transported to Australia, Elizabeth took advantage of the British government scheme to send wives and children to join their husbands once the convict had served his sentence.
In 1905, at the age of 40, Eliza and her husband, William Russell, a butcher by trade, emigrated to Australia. They settled in a mid sized town called Taralgon, in Victoria. Unfortunately lack of records give no clues to their life there