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Title Emigration (and Coolie Immigration), 1890. Volume 2. Despatches: West Indian Colonies (Except Trinidad)
Date 15 May 1889 - 21 Jan 1891
Document Type Correspondence; Manuscript
Reference CO 384/177
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name War and Colonial Department and Colonial Office: Emigration Original Correspondence
Description Despatches from British Guiana, Jamaica and the Windward Islands regarding the immigration and return of Indian labourers. Includes details of ship arrivals and departures, including investigations into water supplied on board, crime and executions and employment contracts.
Series Description This series contains correspondence relating to British settlement in North America and Australasia, and to Indian indentured labour in the West Indies. Until 1857 it consists of domestic letters alone. The series then ceases and is not resumed until 1872.
Biographical Note / History A Colonial Land and Emigration Commission was created in 1840 to undertake the duties of two earlier and overlapping authorities under the supervision of the secretary of state: the Colonisation Commissioners for South Australia and the Agent General for Emigration. In 1855 it became the Emigration Commission. The commission's powers were gradually given up to the larger colonies as they obtained self-government, and after 1873 it was responsible only for controlling the importation of Indian labour into sugar-producing colonies. It was abolished in 1878 and an Emigration Department was then set up in the Colonial Office. This department was merged with the General Department in 1894, and abolished altogether in 1896.
Theme(s) Journey Conditions; Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences; Politics, Legislation and Governance; Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations
Country (from) India; Barbados
Country (to) British Guiana; Jamaica; Windward Islands; St Lucia; Grenada; St Vincent
Ports Georgetown, Demerara, British Guiana
Nationality Indian; Arab
Ships Rhone; Rhine; Ganges; Bruce; Foyle; Avon; Moy; Sheila; Main; Lightning
People Collymore, C H; Comins, Dr D D; Mitchell, Charles; Nourse, James
Keywords government, legislation, shipping, health and sickness, accommodation, medical staff, surgeon, agent, settlement, colony, transport, finance, death, employment, women, female emigration, provisions, assisted emigration, passenger, labourer, land grant, Coolie, leprosy, marriage, divorce, plantation, crime, murder, execution, statistics, immigration, taxation, yaws, poverty, children
Language English
Document(s) linked to Emigration (Coolie Immigration), 1890. Volume 1, Eastern, Australian and Miscellaneous Colonies
Emigration (Coolie Immigration), 1890. Volume 3. Correspondence – Secretary of State. Despatches: Trinidad. Offices and Companies
Emigration (and Coolie Immigration), 1890. Volume 4. Companies, Agents, and Individuals
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