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Title Emigration. Australia, 1839. Volume 5. Individuals, Miscellaneous A to Z
Date 6 Jan 1839 - 5 Mar 1840
Document Type Correspondence; Manuscript
Reference CO 384/57
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name War and Colonial Department and Colonial Office: Emigration Original Correspondence
Description Correspondence, mostly from people of varying professions requesting aid in emigration from Great Britain to Australia.
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) Politics, Legislation and Governance
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) Australia
Places New South Wales, Van Diemens Land, Tasmania, Australia
Nationality Irish; English; Scottish
People Stephen, Sir James; Earl Russell (Russell, Lord John); Vernon- Smith, Lord Robert
Keywords emigration, government, finance, assisted migration, land, supplies, ships, employment
Additional Information This volume includes searchable printed documents.
Language English
Document(s) linked to Emigration. Australia, 1839. Volume 1. January to May. Agent General Mr Elliot
Emigration. Australia, 1839. Volume 2. June to August. Agent General Mr Elliot
Emigration. Australia, 1839. Volume 3. September to December. Agent General Mr Elliot
Emigration. Australia, 1839. Volume 4. Public Offices
Printed Documents in this Volume Testimonials in Favour of Captain James Fraser, H. P. 78th Regiment
Western Australia. Correspondence Respecting Emigration
The Australian Emigration Association
Australia Economic Emigration Association
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