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Edward Gibbon Wakefield
Title : Edward Gibbon Wakefield Edward Gibbon Wakefield
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Creator : Wakefield, Edward, 1845-1924
Source : New Zealand after fifty years
Place Of Creation : New York
Publisher : Cassell & Company
Date of creation : 1889
Format : Artwork
Dimensions : 195 x 140 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Edward Gibbon Wakefield wrote A letter from Sydney in 1829 while serving three years in prison for the abduction of a 15 year old heiress. Although he had never been to Australia, Wakefield's 'letter' describes the shortcomings of New South Wales and the 'prospects which this penal colony offers to emigrants of a class above convicts, labourers, mechanics, and desperate or needy men.'

Wakefield's projected solution was a 'system of colonisation' based on the sale of land, with the money raised being used to pay the passage of labourers to the new colony. He proposed that, 'the supply of labourers be as nearly as possible proportioned to the demand for labour at each settlement; so that capitalists shall never suffer from an urgent want of labourers, and that labourers shall never want well-paid employment.'

Related names :

Wakefield, Edward Gibbon, 1796-1862

Period : Pre-1836
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