My long-lost relatives in Australia?

Purnell Citywide: relatives of mine in Canberra, Australia?

Thanks to my pal Ben P. for sending along this snap shot he took recently in Canberra, Australia. Purnell Citywide appears to be a real estate firm there. ((Ben’s previous contribution to this blog is the excellent “On Guns and America,” which I asked him to write in the wake of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre.))

My understanding is that many Purnells came from England to the mid-Atlantic of the US in the 17th century. But perhaps there were others who made their way down under? ((A Google search for “Purnells” reveals many things, perhaps most interestingly — given my interest in amusing foodstuffs — this.))

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Hi. I'm Newley Purnell. I cover technology and business for The Wall Street Journal. I use this site to share my stories and often blog about the books I'm reading, tech trends, sports, travel, and our dog Ginger. For updates, get my weekly email newsletter.

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