Emigration and the Labouring Poor

Australian Recruitment in Britain and Ireland, 1831–60

  • Robin F. Haines

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 261-397

About this book


Robin Haines has analysed the origins, occupations, literacy, and mobilization of emigrants recruited in the UK on behalf of colonial legislatures. Her exploration of strict selection procedures shows that the symbiosis between the clergy, empire-minded philanthropic societies, and parishes, which combined to fund the emigrants' considerable pre-departure expenses, increased the opportunities for underemployed rural and domestic workers during an era of farm rationalization and industrial restructuring. Although poor, hybrid state and private funding enabled them to relocate to Australia where their skills were in demand.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Robin F. Haines
    • 1
  1. 1.Flinders University of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1997
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-25706-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-25704-1
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