What is Migration to New Worlds?

Migration to New Worlds explores the movement of peoples from Great Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe and Asia to the New World and Australasia.

The collection presents a unique insight into the personal stories of migrants during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Letter collections, travel journals, diaries and oral histories provide a wealth of first-hand accounts for research into migration experiences and the hardship of settlement for new immigrants. These are supplemented by scrapbooks, government papers, hand-drawn maps, watercolours, objects, emigration pamphlets, shipping papers and rare printed material which provide significant context to the history of migration, legislation and living conditions during this period.

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