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Title Emigration. General Miscellaneous, 1852
Date 1849; 3 Jan 1852 - 3 Jan 1853
Document Type Correspondence; Manuscript
Reference CO 384/89
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name War and Colonial Department and Colonial Office: Emigration Original Correspondence.
Description Miscellaneous correspondence from public offices regarding monthly and quarterly returns of emigration for United Kingdom ports in 1852 and the period 1847-51, general administration regarding salaries and appointments of emigration officers, agents and clerks, expenditure and insurance, amendments to the Passengers' Bill and violations, ship plans from The National Steam Ship Company, and materials from emigration societies. Also included are plans for new settlements in South America.
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) Departures: Port Conditions and Organisation; Politics, Legislation and Governance
Country (from) Great Britain; Ireland; China
Country (to) Australia; Canada; Argentina; New Zealand; Falkland Islands; Bahamas; United States of America
Places Sydney, New South Wales, Melbourne, Victoria, Tasmania, Australia; Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, California, United States; Quebec, Canada; Glasgow, Scotland; Manchester, Bristol, England; New Bay, Patagonia, Argentina
Ports Port Desire, Port St Julian, Argentina; Liverpool, London, Plymouth, England; Glasgow, Greenock, Scotland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Cork, Dublin, Galway, Londonderry, Limerick, Sligo, Waterford, Ireland
Nationality English; Scottish; Irish
Ships City of Glasgow; City of Manchester
People Lord Bathurst (Bathurst, Lord Henry); Trevelyan, Sir Charles Edward; Pakington, Sir John; Bridges, William; Merrivale, Herman; Elliot, Thomas Frederick
Keywords advice literature, colony, legislation, National Steam Ship Company, Passengers' Act, ports
Additional Information This volume includes searchable printed documents.
Language English; German
Printed Documents in this Volume The Liverpool and Philadelphia Steam Ships Ticket
At the Court at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, the 6th Day of October 1849. Present, the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty in Council
At the Court at Windsor, the 16th Day of October 1852
Present, The Queen's Most Excellent Majesty in Council
Religious Tract Society, Instituted 1799. Special Appeal on Behalf of Emigrants
The Hand-Book to Health, Wealth, and Long Life
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