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Title Sedgwick Migration Scrapbook 12: Arrival in New Zealand with Boys, 1911-1912
Date Dec 1911 - Feb 1912
Document Type Report; Newspaper; Correspondence
Reference RCMS 31/1/244-265, Box 4, Volume 1, Folder
Library / Archive Cambridge University Library
Collection Name Thomas E. Sedgwick's Migration Scrapbooks, 1910-1914
Description Newspaper articles and correspondence praise and discuss the success of Mr Sedgwick's emigration scheme to New Zealand, and refer to interests in establishing similar schemes in Canada. The general emigration boom in Canada, the reasons behind it, and related statistics are also the topic of many articles.
Biographical Note / History In 1911 Thomas Edward Sedgwick organised for a group of 50 boys to be sent from England to New Zealand on board the S.S. Authentic before the outbreak of the First World War. They were sent as part of an experiment to ascertain whether young British boys might help alleviate a shortage of farm labourers in New Zealand and offer a solution to the declining levels of employment opportunities in the crowded British cities. They were trained in all aspects of farming life, and the wages they earnt were paid to the Labour Department while the boys were awarded weekly pocket money.
Theme(s) Responses to Immigration; Politics, Legislation and Governance
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) New Zealand; Australia; Canada
Places Toronto, Ontario, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Queensland, Australia; Rotorua, New Zealand; Japan; China; Panama Canal, Panama
Ports Wellington, New Zealand; London, Liverpool, England; Auckland, New Zealand; Melbourne, Victoria, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality English; European; Japanese; Chinese; Asian
Ships SS Authentic
People Sedgwick, Thomas Edward; Pittman, H H; Hawkes, Arthur
Keywords emigration scheme, shipping, children, agriculture, farming, labour, employment, government, farm school, colony conditions, apprenticeship, politics, unemployment, economics, push factor, wages, finance, domestic service, artisan, citizenship, housing, construction, trade, market, science, crime, eligibility
Language English
Copyright Cambridge University Library