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Title Registers of Correspondence, Orders, Statistics, etc., and Miscellaneous List of Ships Chartered, 1865-1872
Date 1865-1872
Document Type Shipping Papers
Reference CO 386/185
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name Colonial Office: Land and Emigration Commission, etc.
Description Register of ships chartered by the Government Emigration Commissioners, listing the names of ships, their port of departure, destination, brokers and surgeons, the numbers of emigrants carried, dates of arrival, and deaths and births during the voyage. An index of ships is included at the start of the volume.
Series Description This series contains original correspondence, entry books and registers of the Agent General for Emigration, the South Australian Commissioners and the Land and Emigration Commission. Amongst the miscellaneous contents are registers of births and deaths of emigrants at sea 1854-1869, lists of ships chartered 1847-1875, registers of surgeons appointed 1854-1894, and volumes of The Colonial Gazette 1838-1842.
Biographical Note / History A Colonial Land and Emigration Commission was created in 1840 to undertake the duties of two earlier and overlapping authorities which were both under the supervision of the Secretary of State. These were the Colonisation Commissioners for South Australia, established under an Act of 1834, and the Agent General for Emigration, appointed in 1837. The new commission dealt with grants of land, the outward movement of settlers, the administration of the Passengers' Acts of 1855 and 1863 and, from 1846 to 1859, the scrutiny of colonial legislation. In 1855 it became the Emigration Commission. In 1873 the administration of the Passengers' Acts was transferred to the Board of Trade. The commission's powers were gradually given up to the larger colonies as they obtained self-government, and after 1873 its only duties were the control of the importation of Indian indentured labour into sugar-producing colonies and it was abolished in 1878.
Theme(s) Politics, Legislation and Governance; Ships and Shipping Lines; Journey Conditions
Country (from) Great Britain; Ireland
Country (to) Australia; South Africa; Natal; Falkland Islands
Ports Sydney, New South Wales, Adelaide, South Australia, Melbourne, Victoria, Hobart, Tasmania, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia; Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, South Africa; Plymouth, Liverpool, Southampton, England
Nationality English; European; Irish; Scottish
Ships Thunderbolt; Dunbar Castle; Canning; Wansfell; Corona; Great Britain; Donald McKay; Clara; Trevelyan; Palestine; Tartar; Umgeni; Natal Star; Earl of Southesk; Matilda; Victoria
Keywords shipping, death, surgeon, female emigration, child migration, administration, return passage
Language English
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