Saturday 17 April 2021

Opportunities out there - AJCP

Oh! to emigrate there

Out there, over there, on the edge of civilisation however the colonies were viewed in the 19th century, the need for emigrants produced opportunities for those willing to travel and take their families to the other side of the world. 

Posters on talks about Australia, New Zealand and Canada, advertising promotions for ships and sailing dates, letters from emigrants to those "back home" all played their part in the promotion of emigration opportunities. Records such as these are scattered throughout the AJCP collections.

This poster advertises lectures about Australia. It is from the Oxfordshire County Record Office.

In 1838 Colonel Wyndham was keen to move his Irish tenants off his estate so he offered free passage to Canada. Those who were above 15 but under 30 could go to Australia if preferred, but assistance would only be provided once families were ready to embark.
from the Collections of the Petworth House archives

This 1839 printed poster advertising emigration to New South Wales to married men belonging to Battle Union comes from the East Sussex Record office. Free of Expence - presumably expense but why not interpret this as those with no pence!

This one held by the Ipswich branch of the Suffolk Record Office offers a free passage for single women to depart in April of 1836.
An 1873 poster for the steamship Great Britain
If you view the whole poster there are details about the cost of the voyage in each class of cabin.
The SALOON is provided with every requisite, including Berths, Beds, Bedding, Plate, Table Linen, Crockery, Glass, etc. It is supplied with the best articles of Food, and an abundant Dietary Scale, Live Stock, Poultry, etc. It contains a Ladies' Boudoir, Baths, etc, etc.
No Passenger booking for a berth in a Cabin is to be accommodated in a Cabin by himself, so long as he can placed in a Cabin of the same class or price with another Passenger not booked for a whole Cabin. Should any Passenger shift from the accommodation for which he was originally booked to a berth for which a higher charge is payable, or from a berth in a Cabin to a whole Cabin, he is to be charged the extra fare throughout.

Finally a ticket issued in 1857 for a return journey to Liverpool. Was this an emigrant returning home, or was he just going back to visit?
Passage ticket issued by the Black Ball Line (Melbourne) to Charles Wilson for a passage from Melbourne to Liverpool


  1. These posters and passenger ticket are fantastic Carmel. I will be definiteLynne checking into this resource for my family

    1. So many interesting documents to be seen even though I’ve only found a couple of family members.

  2. Ditto, Jennifer Jones.

    We toured the SS Great Britain on our last overseas jaunt, the lower classes of accommodation were so crowded. Not sure our generation would survive those trips.

  3. Well, in the world of toda, this sounds so strange. Or maybe it had more sense than emigration does today.

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  4. I must look for advertisements around when my Herts ancestors emigrated.

  5. Wow. What I wouldn’t give to find an ancestors actual ticket but it’s not something they often felt the need to keep.


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