Philip Laurens was born about 1811 in St Lawrence, Jersey. His parents are listed on his death certificate as Elias Laurens and Mary Le Cornu. He married Ann Esther De Caen in 1834 and had five children, Phillip, Anne, Esther, Emelie and Emmeline. He is listed in the 1841 Jersey census as a carpenter, in 1851 a master carpenter employing 3 people, and again in 1861 a ship's joiner employing 5 people. The family lived at 15 Patriotic St St Helier.
In August 1879 Philip, then aged 67, arrived in Australia with his his daugther Ann Jane Laurens 39, his son Philip (de Caen) and his grandchildren Philip Morel, 9 and Mary Ann, 7 aboard the Garonne. His wife does not appear on the passenger list and had presumably died. The passenger list indicates that Edward J Laurens, aged 21 years, accompanied them on the voyage. It is not known how they were related, but he may have been a cousin.
The passenger list also indicates that Esther (nee Laurens) and Charles Le Brocq and their children Alice 7, Charles 5 and John 2 were aboard the same ship returning from a visit to Jersey. Philip Laurens Le Brocq is not listed as a passenger, but having been born in Jersey in 1877, he might not be listed because he was a babe in arms.
Philip Laurens died in 1885. At the time of his death , he was living with his son Philip in Kent Street, New Farm. His death certificate states that he died of 'general decay and old age'. He was buried at Toowong Cemetery by a Congregational minister. Philip de Caen and his children returned to live at Leda House in St Lawrence, Jersey.