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Title Sedgwick Migration Scrapbook 17: Canada
Date 1912-1913
Document Type Report; Newspaper; Correspondence
Publisher Information George Sheppard, Oxford
Reference RCMS 31/2/81-104, Box 5, Volume 2, Folder 4
Library / Archive Cambridge University Library
Collection Name Thomas E. Sedgwick's Migration Scrapbooks, 1910-1914
Description Publications produced by the Central (Unemployed) Body for London, setting out information regarding the unemployment crisis in Britain at the time, or regulations to be observed by youth under training at agricultural farms. Papers give detailed descriptions of the daily tasks, working conditions, hours and wages experienced by youths hoping to emigrate. There is also a selection of advice pamphlets for 'Emigrants & Travellers' making their way to Canada, and newspaper clippings recording accounts of conditions on board emigrant ships bound for Canada.
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; Politics, Legislation and Governance; Ships and Shipping Lines
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) New Zealand; Australia; Canada
Places United States; Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Canada; Western Australia, Australia
Ports Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality English; European
People Sedgwick, Thomas Edward; Lawson, Harry; Beecker-Smith, W; Carlile, Hildred; Lucas, Sir Charles
Keywords emigration scheme, shipping, children, agriculture, farming, labour, employment, government, farm school, colony conditions, apprenticeship, politics, economics, push factor, poverty, poor laws, unemployment, assisted passage, emigrant, birth, Young men's Christian Association, railway, clothing, luggage, advice literature, insurance, steamboat, ticket, steerage, gambling, welfare, finance, education, orphan, women, land grant, social class
Language English
Copyright Cambridge University Library