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Migration to New Worlds

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Primary source material covering the movement of peoples from Great Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe and Asia to the New World and Australasia.

We have access to the module covering 1800 to 1924, otherwise known as the ‘Century of Immigration’. It covers all aspects of the migration experience, from departures to arrival and permanent settlement. It also includes early material such as the first emigration ‘round robin’ from 1621 and letters from late eighteenth century merchants and travellers in the United States. Some later material is also available, including ocean liner and immigration depot photographs from the mid-twentieth century.

Migration to New Worlds includes letter collections, travel journals, diaries and oral histories from migrants. These are supplemented by scrapbooks, government papers, hand-drawn maps, watercolours, objects, emigration pamphlets, shipping papers and rare printed material which provide context to the history of migration, legislation and living conditions during this period.

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