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Title Australia: Letters from Secretary of State. Domestic, 1855-1857
Date 28 Feb 1855 - 31 Dec 1857
Document Type Correspondence
Reference CO 385/28
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name War and Colonial Department and Colonial Office: Emigration Entry Books
Description Letters mainly sent and received by the Australian Secretary of State, many of which refer to European applications to emigrate to the Australian colonies. There are many letters referring to particular ships, detailing their journey, the duration of the voyage and general conditions on board. Enquiries into free and assisted passage for labourers, teachers and family members of convicts transported to the Australian colonies feature frequently. Infringements of the Passengers' Act are also noted, as are returns of crown lands and deeds of land grants. References to the population of the gold field settlements of Australia are also made in several letters, with the wages earnt by emigrant workers listed, along with remarks upon samples sent to be exhibited at the Paris Exhibition.
Series Description This series contains entry books of correspondence on emigration.
Theme(s) Ships and Shipping Lines; Politics, Legislation and Governance
Country (from) Great Britain; Ireland
Country (to) Australia
Places Tasmania, Australia; Cork, Ireland; Paris, France; India; Glasgow, Scotland
Ports Port Phillip, Victoria, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Liverpool, England; Cork, Ireland
Nationality British; European; German; Irish
Ships Hercules; Blue Jacket; Arabian; Maori; John Knox; Hercules; Argentinian; Lady Kennaway; Ajax; John; Eden; Oliver Lang; Taymouth Castle; Condor; Jane
People Merivale, Herman (1806-1874); Grey, Sir Charles George; Hood, James; Peel, Sir Frederick; Ball, John
Keywords emigration, emigration scheme, colony, colonisation, shipping, port, expedition, free passage, land, land sale, regulations, application, medical treatment, push factors, family, convict, employment, surveying, health and sickness, ship ventilation, journey conditions, immigrant, immigration, crown lands, parliament, loan, return passage, surgeon, citizenship, naturalisation, Passengers' Act, passenger, hospital, wages, gold, expenses, Cholera, disease, agent, bounty emigration, railway, labourer, trial, female emigration, navigation, rations, shipwreck, clothing, police, colony conditions, allotments, small pox, artillery, military, trade, administration, steamboat, mining, labour, alien
Language English
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