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Title Emigration. Australia, 1841. Volume 2. Commissioners Elliot, Torrens and Villiers
Date 1 May-1 Sep 1841
Document Type Correspondence; Manuscript
Reference CO 384/64
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name War and Colonial Department and Colonial Office: Emigration Original Correspondence
Description Correspondence and reports regarding claims to land in New South Wales and Van Diemen's' Land, passage money for surgeons, disposal of waste lands, sale of lands in New Zealand, the progress of geographical and topographical knowledge, surveyors, recent purchases of the New Zealand Company and bounties.
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) Politics, Legislation and Governance
Country (to) Great Britain
Places New South Wales, Tasmania, Australia
People Villiers, Sir Edward; Vernon Smith, Sir Herbert; Earl Russell (Russell, Lord John); Stephen, Sir James; Walcott, Stephen
Keywords emigration, government, land, finance, poor law, poverty, land grant
Additional Information This volume includes searchable printed documents.
Language English
Document(s) linked to Emigration. Australia, 1841. Volume 1. January to April. Commissioners Elliot, Torrens and Villiers
Emigration. Australia, 1841. Volume 3. September to December. Commissioners Elliot, Villiers and [Torrens]
Emigration. Australia, 1841. Volume 4. Miscellaneous, Public Offices and A to Z
Printed Documents in this Volume Western Australia. Extract of a Despatch From Governor Hutt to Lord John Russell, Dated Western Australia, Perth, 14th July 1840
Correspondence Relative to Emigration. New Zealand
Return to an Address of the Honourable the House of Commons. Copy of a Despatch From Governor Sir George Gipps, relative to the introduction of Emigrants Upon Bounty into New South Wales, Together with Copies of Any Correspondence
Heads of a Bill for Regulating the Survey and Sales of Land Belonging to the Crown, in the Australian Colonies and New Zealand
Passengers' Act. Report of Land and Emigration Commissioners, on Necessity of Amending the Passengers' Act
Extract of a Report from the Immigration Agent at Quebec
Extract of a Report from H Douglas' Superintendence of Quarantine at Quebec Appended to Lord Sydenham's Despatch
New South Wales – Port Philip District. Special Land Order
Correspondence Relative to Emigration. New Zealand
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