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Title Sedgwick Migration Scrapbook 15: Board of Guardians
Date Mar-Apr 1912
Document Type Newspaper; Correspondence
Reference RCMS 31/2/28-53, Box 5, Volume 2, Folder 2
Library / Archive Cambridge University Library
Collection Name Thomas E. Sedgwick's Migration Scrapbooks, 1910-1914
Description Newspaper articles and correspondence refer to concerns that the lack of pictures and other evidence of farming in the overseas dominions in British classrooms may detract from young boys 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 Tasmania, New South Wales, Australia; Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Ports London, England
Nationality German; Dutch; English; European
People Sedgwick, Thomas Edward; Blair, R; Corbett, John; Tweeddale, Marchioness Julia
Keywords government, emigration scheme, farm school, colony conditions, agriculture, farming, labour, employment, education, domestic service, factory, Salvation Army, literature, push factor, religion, persecution, crime, trade, penal colony, history, societies, female emigration, finance
Language English
Copyright Cambridge University Library