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Title Sedgwick Migration Scrapbook 14: Letters of Approval, Questions in Parliament, Schools, Meetings and Lectures
Date Dec 1911 - Mar 1913
Document Type Newspaper; Correspondence
Reference RCMS 31/2/1-27, Box 5, Volume 2, Folder 1
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 plans to extend such schemes to Australia. Children in Poor Law and Industrial schools are discussed as the most likely to qualify and be considered for such schemes. Some newspaper clippings towards the end of these papers also report on public concerns that films and theatres may be prejudicing young boys from desiring to emigrate.
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; Motives for Emigration
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) New Zealand; Australia; Canada
Places Queensland, Western Australia, Australia; Canterbury, New Zealand; Birmingham, England; Ontario, Canada
Ports London, England; Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Nationality English; European
People Sedgwick, Thomas Edward; Reid, George; Lewis, Sir N; Garland, Canon; Biggs, Joseph W; Carlile, Sir Hildred
Keywords emigration scheme, shipping, children, agriculture, farming, labour, employment, government, farm school, colony conditions, apprenticeship, politics, unemployment, economics, push factor, poverty, industrial school, poor laws, manufacturing, trade, patriotism, food, steamboat, theatre, films
Language English
Copyright Cambridge University Library