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Title Rob.t Gourlay. Colonial Agent
Date 15 Feb 1828
Document Type Printed Extract
Reference CO 384/17
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name War and Colonial Department and Colonial Office: Emigration Original Correspondence
Description Manifesto of Robert Gourlay as he travelled around Great Britain encouraging labourers to set up emigration societies.
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) Canada
People Gourlay, Robert
Keywords emigration, colony, government, family, assisted emigration, employment, societies, labourer, Poor Law
Additional Information This document is part of CO 384/17 from The National Archives, UK.
Language English
Original Volume Emigration. North America, 1826 and 1827. Colonel Cockburn's Mission, Mr. P. Robinson etc. Offices and Individuals
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