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Title New South Wales &c. (Crown Lands and Emigration) Return to an Address to His Majesty, Dated 14 September 1831 – for, Copies of the Royal Instructions to the Governors of New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, and Western Australia, as to the Mode to be Adopted in Disposing of Crown Lands. Together with Such Parts of Any Despatches Addressed to Them as Relate to the Same Subject, or to the Means by Which Emigration may be Facilitated
Author Viscount Goderich (Robinson, Frederick John)
Date 13 Oct 1831
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 into land grants in Australia, including despatches from Viscount Goderich to the Governors of New South Wales and Western Australia.
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
Places New South Wales, Tasmania, Western Australia, Australia
Nationality English
People Darling, Lieutenant General Sir Ralph; Bourke, Major General Sir Richard; Earl Grey (Grey, Charles); Arthur, Colonel George
Keywords emigration, government, land grant, employment, trade, agriculture, statistics
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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