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Title Sedgwick Migration Scrapbook 28: Australia; The Navy and Military Emigration League; The War Immigrant; New Zealand and Canada
Date 1912-1915
Document Type Newspaper; Correspondence
Reference RCMS 31/2/372-381, Box 7, Volume 2, Folder 15
Library / Archive Cambridge University Library
Collection Name Thomas E. Sedgwick's Migration Scrapbooks, 1910-1914
Description Newspaper articles respecting the emigration to New Zealand and Australia of ex-servicemen. Greater employment opportunities abroad, land grants and improved lifestyle are described as the principal push factors influencing applications made by ex-naval and military personnel.
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) Motives for Emigration; Responses to Immigration
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) New Zealand; Australia; Canada
Places Tasmania, Australia; Ontario, Quebec, Canada
Nationality English; European
People Howe, Ronald B; Stead, Alfred; Pilkington, Henry; George, Lloyd; Montgomery, H H; Smith, J Obed
Keywords government, emigration scheme, war, navy, army, unemployment, emigration, employment, push factor, agriculture, labour, history, alien, finance, philanthropy, eligibility, wages, poor law, economics, land, land grant, domestic service
Language English
Copyright Cambridge University Library