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Title Emigration. North America and Australia, 1836. Offices and Individuals
Date 11 Feb-29 Dec 1836
Document Type Correspondence; Manuscript
Reference CO 384/41
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name War and Colonial Department and Colonial Office: Emigration Original Correspondence
Description Documents regarding emigration to Canada and Australia including letters of application from prospective settlers requesting passage to, and land in, Canada or New South Wales. Includes a return to an address of the Honourable the House of Commons dated 26 February 1836.
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
Ports Liverpool, England
Nationality English; Scottish; Irish
People Edward, Walkinshaw; Low, Robert
Keywords emigration, colony, petition, soldier, settlement, land, travel, passenger, government, assisted emigration, money, convict
Additional Information This volume includes searchable printed documents.
Language English
Printed Documents in this Volume Phoebe
Caution to Emigrants
Scheme for Victualling for Female Emigrants of the Voyage from Cork to Australia
Emigration, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Land Company
Lands in the Province of New Brunswick for Sale by the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Land Company
The Heber
Emigration. Return to an Address of the Honourable House of Commons
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