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Title Sedgwick Migration Scrapbook 29: Town Lads on Imperial Farms
Date Mar 1913 - Jul 1914
Document Type Newspaper; Correspondence; Report
Reference RCMS 31/3/1-23, Box 8, Volume 3, Folder 1
Library / Archive Cambridge University Library
Collection Name Thomas E. Sedgwick's Migration Scrapbooks, 1910-1914
Description Letters, reports and articles respecting Sedgwick's 'Town Lads on Imperial Farms', promoting the lifestyle and prospects of farm work for British boys at home, and in the colonies.
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; Politics, Legislation and Governance; Responses to Immigration
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) New Zealand; Australia; Canada
Places Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Nationality English; European
People Rosenbaum, S; Pratt, Robert; Sedgwick, Thomas Edward
Keywords map, languages, export, trade, import, railway, canal, expansion, travel, welfare, children, emigration, apprenticeship, emigration scheme, shipping, agriculture, farming, labour, employment, government, farm school, colony conditions, settlement, application, societies
Language English
Copyright Cambridge University Library