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Title Emigration: Report of Commissioners. Return to an Address to His Majesty, Dated 11 August 1832 – for, Copies of Any Reports from the Commissioners for Emigration to the Secretary of State for the Colonial Department, Since the Last Session of Parliament
Author Colborne, Sir J
Date 15 Aug 1832
Document Type Printed Extract
Reference CO 384/27
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name War and Colonial Department and Colonial Office: Emigration Original Correspondence
Description Government report of the Commissioners for Emigration showing the numbers emigrating to the colonies and the information available for prospective emigrants.
Series Description This series contains correspondence relating to British settlement in North America and Australasia, and to Indian indentured labour in the West Indies. Until 1857 it consists of domestic letters alone. The series then ceases and is not resumed until 1872.
Biographical Note / History A Colonial Land and Emigration Commission was created in 1840 to undertake the duties of two earlier and overlapping authorities under the supervision of the secretary of state: the Colonisation Commissioners for South Australia and the Agent General for Emigration. In 1855 it became the Emigration Commission. The commission's powers were gradually given up to the larger colonies as they obtained self-government, and after 1873 it was responsible only for controlling the importation of Indian labour into sugar-producing colonies. It was abolished in 1878 and an Emigration Department was then set up in the Colonial Office. This department was merged with the General Department in 1894, and abolished altogether in 1896.
Theme(s) Motives for Emigration; Politics, Legislation and Governance
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) Australia; Canada
Places New South Wales, Tasmania, Australia; New Brunswick, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Canada
Ports Liverpool, London, England; Dublin, Ireland
Nationality English
People Viscount Goderich (Robinson, Frederick John); Lord Aylmer (Whitworth-Aylmer, Matthew); Buchanan, Alexander Carlisle; McMahon, E; Campbell, Major General Sir Archibald; Maitland, Sir Peregrine
Keywords emigration, government, land grant, employment, labour, social class, agriculture, statistics, exploitation, food, journey conditions
Additional Information This document is part of CO 384/27 from The National Archives, UK.
Language English
Original Volume Emigration. North America and Australia, 1830 and 1831. Volume 1. Commissioners and Public Offices
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