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Title Extract from Despatches Relative to Emigration
Author Elliot, Governor Sir Charles; Hodder, Lieutenant T E; Ramsden, George
Date 1849-1851
Document Type Printed Extract
Reference CO 384/88
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name War and Colonial Department and Colonial Office: Emigration Original Correspondence.
Description Includes correspondence regarding the destruction of the emigrant ship "Caleb Grimshaw" by fire and whether she was ill-equipped.
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) Politics, Legislation and Governance; Ships and Shipping Lines
Ports Liverpool, England
Ships Caleb Grimshaw
Keywords emigration, shipping, shipwreck, Passengers' Act, cargo
Additional Information This document is part of CO 384/88 from The National Archives, UK.
Language English
Original Volume Emigration. North America, 1850 and 1851
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