Story: History of immigration

‘Emigration a remedy’

‘Emigration a remedy’

This famous emigration poster compares life in England and New Zealand. In the 1830s and 1840s many people in England believed in the theory that population growth was related to food production, and that as Britain’s population continued to rise there would be penury and starvation – as depicted in the scene on the left. The solution was to encourage emigration to countries where abundant land would bring plenty of food and health – as in the happy scene on the right.

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Jock Phillips, 'History of immigration - British immigration and the New Zealand Company', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 June 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Aug 2015