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Title General Information, from the Circular of the Commissioners for Emigration, Dated Colonial Office, 18th July 1831
Date 18 Jul 1831
Document Type Printed Extract
Reference CO 384/32
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name War and Colonial Department and Colonial Office: Emigration Original Correspondence
Description Letter to Nobility, Gentry, Magistrates and Overseers of Parishes requesting that they encourage migration to New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land. The letter and following document enclose general information on the benefits for the parish as well as for those emigrating and application forms or anyone wishing to do so.
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
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) Australia
Nationality English
Keywords emigrants, wealth, land, shipping, welfare, settlement, colony, government, agriculture, women, children
Additional Information This document is part of CO 384/32 from The National Archives, UK.
Language English
Original Volume Emigration. North America and Australia, 1833. Volume 1. Emigration Committee and Agents
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