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Title Emigration. North America and Australia, 1830 and 1831. Volume 1. Commissioners and Public Offices
Date 1830-1831
Document Type Correspondence; Manuscript
Reference CO 384/27
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name War and Colonial Department and Colonial Office: Emigration Original Correspondence.
Description Correspondence relating to the various government cabinet offices on emigration. Includes lists of names, individual petitions for emigration and society petitions.
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) Motives for Emigration
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) Canada; Australia; United States of America; Jamaica; France; Germany
Places Quebec, Nova Scotia, Montreal, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Canada; Tasmania, New South Wales, Western Australia, Australia; London, England; Limerick, Ireland; New York, United States
Nationality English; Irish; Scottish
Keywords Royal Navy, children, emigration, assisted emigration, government, colony, land grant, soldier, sailor, agriculture, family, poverty, labourer, pensions, farming, petition, women, trade, shipping, statistics, tax
Additional Information This volume includes searchable printed documents.
Language English
Document(s) linked to Emigration. North America and Australia, 1830 and 1831. Volume 2. Miscellaneous Individuals
Printed Documents in this Volume Colonial Office Information Sheets on Funds for Emigration and Information Respecting the Australia Colonies
New South Wales &c. (Crown Lands and Emigration) Return to an Address to His Majesty, Dated 14 September 1831 – For, Copies of the Royal Instructions to the Governors of New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, and Western Australia, as to the Mode to be Adopted in Disposing of Crown Lands. Together with Such Parts of Any Despatches Addressed to Them as Relate to the Same Subject, or to the Means by Which Emigration may be Facilitated
Emigration: Report of Commissioners. Return to an Address to His Majesty, Dated 11 August 1832 – For, Copies of Any Reports From the Commissioners for Emigration to the Secretary of State for the Colonial Department, Since the Last Session of Parliament
North America – Emigration. Return to an Address to His Majesty, Dated 1 August 1832 for, Copy of Any Acts Passed by the Colonies in British North America, and Which Have Received His Majesty's Sanction, by Which a Tax is to be Levied on Emigrants Arriving From the United Kingdom. Also, Copy of Circular from the Colonial Office, Recommending the Same
General Order
Lists of Ports in England, Scotland and Ireland
Lands in Upper Canada to be Disposed of by the Canada Company
The Quebec Emigrant Society
Proposal for a Society to be Formed to Deal With Female Emigration to the Convict Colonies
Letter Received From an Agricultural Labourer Who Went Out to Canada in 1831
To British Emigrants Arriving in New York
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