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Title Sedgwick Migration Scrapbook 9: Canada and New Zealand
Date Nov 1910 - Sep 1911
Document Type Photograph; Correspondence; Pamphlet
Reference RCMS 31/1/168-191, Box 3, Volume 1, Folder 2
Library / Archive Cambridge University Library
Collection Name Thomas E. Sedgwick's Migration Scrapbooks, 1910-1914
Description Papers, newspaper articles and pamphlets refer to child emigration schemes and Barnardo charity schemes in Canada. Many of the items relay personal accounts of childrens' experiences and living conditions working on Canadian farms. Documents referring to conditions and the reception of emigrants working on farms in Australia are also present here, as are copies of application forms for the 'Boys' Country Work Scheme'.
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; Canada; Australia
Places Toronto, Ontario, Canada; England; Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, Australia
Ports Wellington, New Zealand
Nationality Canadian; English; European
People Bull, John; Sedgwick, Thomas Edward; Murray, A M
Keywords religion, Presbyterianism, immigration, emigration schemes, shipping, agriculture, farming, labour, employment, government, farm school, colony conditions, apprenticeship, politics, unemployment, economics, push factor, Barnardo, charity, children, punishment, slavery, child labour, clothing, application, regulations, railway, passage money, domestic service, women, female emigration, livestock, wages, agent, housing, assisted passage
Language English
Copyright Cambridge University Library