First Tuesday: Liz O’Donnell will talk about ‘A Bridge Across the Seas’. Newcastle Migration Hostels for Boys and Young Women, 1927-37
February 5 @ 19:00
The economic slump and high unemployment following the First World War led to the Empire Settlement Act in 1922, the first time government had directly been involved in encouraging migration to the Dominions. Not only could migration reduce the number of unproductive and dependent people at home, it also served an imperial agenda, by strengthening common racial and national bonds across the Empire. In Newcastle. local politicians and philanthropists responded by establishing two migration hostels in the late 1920s, to train boys and young women for agricultural and domestic work overseas. This talk examines the creation and operation of these two short-lived institutions.