# 34754


Colonial Office, 18th July 1831. Information respecting the Australian colonies.

$1,250.00 AUD

The Commissioners for Emigration have collected the following information for the use of Persons desirous of emigrating to New South Wales and Van Dieman’s [sic] Land. [Drop title]. [London] : Colonial Office, 1831. Foolscap folio (335 x 200 mm), contemporary half red morocco over marbled boards ruled in gilt (worn at corners and with a few scuff marks), spine lettered in gilt (a little worn); pp 3; printed on laid paper watermarked ‘Alford 1831’; clean and complete, last leaf with expertly repaired tear at top edge (no loss of text); preliminary and end blanks with foxing.

A bulletin-style publication issued by the Commissioners for Emigration that is aimed specifically at married men and their families, and single females, “belonging to the Labouring Classes”, who are considering emigration to New South Wales or Van Diemen’s Land. It contains information intended to answer the most commonly received enquiries on the subject. There are sections under the headings ‘Price of Passage’ (£16 for adults and £8 for children, “including their maintenance during the Voyage”); ‘Probability of Employment and Raes of Wages’ (reproducing an advertisement from The Sydney Gazette – a “wanted” list for types of tradesmen and mechanics in New South Wales); and ‘Market Prices at Sydney’, which has a detailed table of market prices for a wide range of commodities in Sydney, as recorded on the first day of each month during the year 1830.

Worthy of note is a negative reference to the recently established Swan River settlement in the concluding paragraph: ‘The Commissioners for Emigration take this opportunity of announcing, that they are not prepared to undertake the conveyance of Emigrants to the Settlement on the Swan River.’

Scarce. Three copies traced in Australian libraries (NLA; SLNSW; Libraries Tasmania)