Clashing goals: government and personal objectives for assisted emigration to early nineteenth-century New South Wales

Melanie Burkett

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Abstract

As Great Britain faced great economic and social change in the early nineteenth century, emigration to the colonies (including New South Wales) was proposed as a solution to underemployment caused by overpopulation and the transition to an industrial economy. Based on an examination of public discourses surrounding emigration, this article argues that emigrants were lured to New South Wales by visions of self-sufficiency and access to land – both largely no longer available to them in Great Britain – while, paradoxically, the British and colonial governments aimed to establish abroad the wage-labor system that left emigrants dissatisfied with home.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-73
Number of pages17
JournalMelbourne historical journal
Volume44
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • emigration
  • nineteenth century
  • New South Wales
  • Great Britain

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