Syd married in 1921 and lived not far away in Rochford, Essex. Stan married in 1922 and lived in Southend-on-Sea.
|3 Ray boys outside Brookfields' glasshouse 1920s.|
|Bert's mother's home 1920s|
In 1923 the two youngest boys, Fred and Les, responded to advertisements to migrate to Canada under the Canadian Harvesters' Scheme designed to provide English labour to help harvest Canadian crops. The scheme focused on men with agricultural experience .The men who went were restricted to harvesting work. They were expected to save enough in the summer to tide them over the long Canadian winters without working in the towns or cities where they would have competed with Canadians for jobs.
The scheme was not a success. Many men lasted only weeks. It was, in fact, very difficult for young men to adhere to the scheme and survive the long winters without working. Les and Fred lasted for three years, but were back in England in December 1926. They seem to have caught up with not only their siblings but their Keen, Chitty and Higgs cousins in Hounslow.
They wrote to Bert, urging him to migrate. In 1929 the nursery offered to sponsor Bert and Nell to Australia. They decided to try and were accepted as "Ten Pound Poms".