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Migration to new worlds

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A wealth of primary source material exploring the movement of peoples from Great Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe and Asia to the New World and Australasia.

Migration to new worlds includes thousands of documents, mainly from between 1800 and 1924, addressing all aspects of migration

  • Motives for Emigration
  • Departures: Port Conditions and Organisation
  • Ships and Shipping Lines, including ship plans
  • Journey Conditions
  • Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences
  • Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations
  • Responses to Immigration
  • Politics, Legislation and Governance
  • Onward Travel
  • Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations
  • Remigration
The resource includes material from a range of museums and archives, including
  • American Antiquarian Society
  • The British Library
  • The California Historical Society
  • Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
  • Glenbow Museum
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania
  • Liverpool Record Office
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego
  • Maritime Museum of Tasmania
  • Museum Victoria, Australia
  • The National Archives, UK
  • National Museums Liverpool: Maritime Archives and Library
  • The Robert Opie Collection
  • University of Sussex: The Keep
  • Tenement Museum, New York


Contemporary History; Geography and Environment; Sociology