My father Noel Thurling was very involved with the tracing of the family tree.He passed away 7 years ago and left me with a pile of Thurling Family research, which I haven't explored...as yet.Though my discussions with Dad about the Thurlings confirm a few comments I have seen on this notice board ie. my ancestors apparently come from Yorkshire but my side of the family are predominantly female (interesting).Because of this I think this accounts for the lack of known "Thurlings" here in Australia. Stranger still it seems that when we do fall across another of the clan there appears to be no link whatsoever??????. I remember Dad found this when we were living in the UK back in 1974.Some years later when Dad was on another Sabatical (Norwich Uni)he made a trip to Denmark and found what were to be distant cousins around the German border.
As I am a 6th Generation Australian, and from what I believe the Thurlings that came here (from my family anyway) were free settlers (other branches of my family are rather dubious), dad inidcated our only claim to fame was that a William Thurling who was Post Master General of England back in the 1800's was our great great....Grandfather.
I will do some reading up on Dad's research, as I know he had managed to trace back to around the 1600's for memory...maybe earlier not sure!
Anyway I hope this is of interest to you and other Thurling members.