Emigration to Australia
A crowded meeting of labouring men was held on Tuesday Sept 15th, at the National School, to discuss the subject of emigration to Queensland. The Rev C.J. Creed, who presided, deplored the distress which the agricultural poor of this and the neighbouring villages had experienced during the past year. So far as he could foresee this would certainly not be less during the coming winter, and he deprecated strongly that legislative action could remove this pressure.
The truth was that the causes lay quite outside the sphere of politics. We have at home more labourers than work can be found for, whilst in Queensland, as in many other of our colonies, labour is urgently needed and well paid.
After mentioning the fact that several persons had already left this parish for Queensland during the year, he introduced the lecturer of the Queensland Government, Mr Randall, a colonist of 17 years’ standing. Mr Randall then spoke at length about the advantages which Queensland offers to the intending emigrants, a free passage, fine climate, plenty of well paid work, and lastly, of the Government lands which are leased or sold to colonists at nominal rates.
Several questions were then put to the lecturer by various persons, and the meeting terminated with a vote of thanks to the Chairman for presiding, and to the National School Committee for the use of the room. We are glad to hear that several of those present are making the necessary preparations for proceeding to Queensland. Emigration forms for free passage may be obtained from Mr Creed, for agricultural labourers or female domestic servants.