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Title Sedgwick Migration Scrapbook 19: Australia and Canada; Association for Befriending Boys, Immigrant Women
Date 1911 - Mar 1912
Document Type Pamphlet; Correspondence; Newspaper
Reference RCMS 31/2/135-162, Box 6, Volume 2, Folder 6
Library / Archive Cambridge University Library
Collection Name Thomas E. Sedgwick's Migration Scrapbooks, 1910-1914
Description Documents refer to the emigration of British women and young girls to New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. Opportunities available for prospective female emigrants in Canada, as well as warnings of the dangers they might encounter abroad are discussed at length. There are also several papers issued by the Central (Unemployed) Body for London referring to employment opportunities in the Colonies. Annual reports created by 'The Association for Befriending Boys' are 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; Politics, Legislation and Governance
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) New Zealand; Australia; Canada
Places Ottawa, Ontario, Alberta, Canada
Ports London, Liverpool, England; Auckland, New Zealand
Nationality English; European
People Sedgwick, Thomas Edward; Elliott, Sir Charles; Chance, William; Amery, L S
Keywords emigration scheme, shipping, employment, government, colony conditions, politics, unemployment, economics, push factor, poverty, poor laws, assisted passage, emigrant, birth, women, education, social class, eligibility, children, female emigration, domestic service, immigration, National Council of Women in Canada, death, nurse, trade, child migration, agriculture, labour, application, army, food, friendly societies
Language English
Copyright Cambridge University Library