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Title Sedgwick Migration Scrapbook 13: Arrival in New Zealand with Boys, 1911
Date Oct-Nov 1911
Document Type Newspaper; Correspondence
Publisher Information Eyre and Spottiswoode, London
Reference RCMS 31/1/266-290, Box 4, Volume 1, Folder
Library / Archive Cambridge University Library
Collection Name Thomas E. Sedgwick's Migration Scrapbooks, 1910-1914
Description Newspaper articles and correspondence relay concerns and social impressions of Mr Sedgwick's scheme, as well as wider emigration to New Zealand and Canada. The notion that living conditions and financial opportunities are better from British emigrants in the Colonies is debated throughout the material. The shortage and need for female workers in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada is also a regular feature of newspaper clippings. Finally, a copy of the 'Unemployed Workmen Act, 1905' is also included.
Biographical Note / History In 1911 Thomas Edward Sedgwick organised for a group of 50 boys to be sent from England to New Zealand on board the S.S. Authentic before the outbreak of the First World War. They were sent as part of an experiment to ascertain whether young British boys might help alleviate a shortage of farm labourers in New Zealand and offer a solution to the declining levels of employment opportunities in the crowded British cities. They were trained in all aspects of farming life, and the wages they earnt were paid to the Labour Department while the boys were awarded weekly pocket money.
Theme(s) Responses to Immigration; Motives for Emigration
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) New Zealand; Australia
Places Canada
Ports London, Liverpool, England
Nationality English; European; Canadian
People Sedgwick, Thomas Edward; Pelham, T H W; Tavernier, J; Lidiard, Florence
Keywords emigration scheme, shipping, children, agriculture, farming, labour, employment, government, farm school, colony conditions, apprenticeship, politics, unemployment, economics, push factor, living conditions, finance, pension, societies, application, female emigration, domestic service, women, nurse, factory, servant, legislation
Language English
Copyright Cambridge University Library