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Title Sedgwick Migration Scrapbook 27: South Africa and Australia; The Navy and Military Emigration League; The War Immigrant
Date 1912-1920
Document Type Newspaper; Correspondence; Pamphlet
Publisher Information Charles Straker and Sons Ltd., London
Reference RCMS 31/2/350-371, Box 7, Volume 2, Folder 14
Library / Archive Cambridge University Library
Collection Name Thomas E. Sedgwick's Migration Scrapbooks, 1910-1914
Description Items refer to concerns that young British boys are being deterred from emigrating as a result of detrimental rumours and depictions of the colonies through various forms of the media. Newspaper articles and correspondence also refer to the development and British settlements in Africa. Included are copies of pamphlets such as 'Our Greatest Need' comprising a series of reprinted articles by Thomas Edward Sedgwick published in Brisbane, June 1920 and 'Colonization on the Equator', produced by the British East Africa Corporation Ltd.
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) Motives for Emigration; Politics, Legislation and Governance; Responses to Immigration
Country (from) Great Britain; Holland
Country (to) New Zealand; Australia; Canada; Africa; South Africa
Places Uganda; Zimbabwe; Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, South Africa; Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; Cairo, Egypt; Sudan; Holland; Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Canada
Ports Sydney, New South Wales, Melbourne, Victoria, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Nationality English; European; Dutch
People Sedgwick, Thomas Edward; Leggett, E H M; Smartt, Sir Thomas; Lepper, G H
Keywords emigration, apprenticeship, emigration scheme, shipping, agriculture, farming, labour, employment, government, farm school, colony conditions, settlement, application, livestock, railway, expansion, animals, history, statistics, population, mortality rate, birth, commonwealth, export, freight, defence, push factors, navy, science, eligibility, children, family, women, female emigration, emigrant selection, skilled migration, marriage, tobacco, steamboat, racism, regulations, legislation, politics, soldier, army
Language English
Copyright Cambridge University Library