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Title Entry-Books of Correspondence: Letters to the Colonial Office. Miscellaneous, 1852-1853
Date 17 Jun 1852 - 3 Dec 1853
Document Type Correspondence
Reference CO 386/117
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name Colonial Office: Land and Emigration Commission, etc.
Description Letters refer to emigrant returns, statistics and outbreaks of cholera on board emigrant vessels. An index is included at the end of the volume.
Series Description This series contains original correspondence, entry books and registers of the Agent General for Emigration, the South Australian Commissioners and the Land and Emigration Commission. Amongst the miscellaneous contents are registers of births and deaths of emigrants at sea 1854-1869, lists of ships chartered 1847-1875, registers of surgeons appointed 1854-1894, and volumes of The Colonial Gazette 1838-1842.
Biographical Note / History A Colonial Land and Emigration Commission was created in 1840 to undertake the duties of two earlier and overlapping authorities which were both under the supervision of the Secretary of State. These were the Colonisation Commissioners for South Australia, established under an Act of 1834, and the Agent General for Emigration, appointed in 1837. The new commission dealt with grants of land, the outward movement of settlers, the administration of the Passengers' Acts of 1855 and 1863 and, from 1846 to 1859, the scrutiny of colonial legislation. In 1855 it became the Emigration Commission. In 1873 the administration of the Passengers' Acts was transferred to the Board of Trade. The commission's powers were gradually given up to the larger colonies as they obtained self-government, and after 1873 its only duties were the control of the importation of Indian indentured labour into sugar-producing colonies and it was abolished in 1878.
Theme(s) Ships and Shipping Lines; Politics, Legislation and Governance
Country (from) Great Britain; China; East Indies
Country (to) Gibraltar; Falkland Islands; Sri Lanka; Hong Kong; West Indies
Places Australia; Sri Lanka; West Indies
Ports Liverpool, London, Bristol, England; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Cork, Ireland; Glasgow, Scotland; Hong Kong, China
Nationality English; European; Asian; Chinese; Swedish
Ships Clyde; Harmonia; Sir Fowell Buxton; Trident; Guiding Star; Rossuth
People Merivale, Herman (1806-1874); Murdoch, Thomas William Clinton; Wood, C. Alexander; Rodgers, Sir Frederick
Keywords emigration, agent, colony, colonisation, settlement, administration, land, government, shipping, hospital, Catholicism, crown lands, property, port, pensioners, election, politics, import, livestock, surveying, Passengers' Act, legislation, agent, wages, navy, emigrant, expenses, shipwreck, accounts, statistics, ventilation, ship owner, military, settlement, disease, cholera, health and sickness
Language English
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