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Sedgwick Migration Photographs

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3011LLL

Scope and Contents

A collection of 3 albums (now disbound) containing a small number of original photographs as well as letters, pamphlets, press cuttings and memoranda. The photographs are spread throughout volumes 1 and 2. Volume 3, 1913- (which was marked vol. IV inside) has no original photographs. Images reproduced in cuttings and articles are not listed.


  • Creation: 1910 - 1912


Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical / Historical

Thomas Sedgwick (d. 1929) was a vigorous advocate of juvenile emigration. He led a party of fifty British boys to New Zealand in 1910 to carry out farm work, and took a further fifty boys to Ontario in 1912.


8 archive box(es) (9 images in 8 boxes)

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The original scrap-books have been disbound.

Other Finding Aids

The albums are described at RCMS 31 in the manuscripts catalogue, and are stored in the Manuscripts Collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Thomas Sedgwick in 1928.


Sedgwick's activities are summarised in: Simpson, D. (ed.) (1962), Thomas Sedgwick and Juvenile Migration, Royal Commonwealth Society, Library Notes With List of Accessions, New Series No. 71, p.1-3. There is a passing reference to him as a minor philanthropist in Constantine, Stephen (ed.) (1990), Emigrants and empire: British settlement in the dominions between the wars, Manchester : Manchester University Press. There is also an account of him in Bean, Philip and Melville, Joy (1989), Lost children of the Empire, London : Unwin Hyman.


This collection level description was entered by KS and RAS using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Sedgwick, Thomas E, d 1929

Includes index.
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Repository Details

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