Story: Salvation Army

The Army in action: planned colonies (1st of 3)

This chart depicts Salvation Army founder William Booth's ambitious plan to develop model religious settlements in New Zealand and other British colonies. The poor, homeless and unemployed of Britain were to be given a new life in 'farm colonies' and 'city colonies'. Several thousand people were resettled in Canada under this 'Darkest England' scheme, but New Zealand businessmen and politicians were strongly opposed to receiving Britain's drunks, prostitutes, criminals and paupers.

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Mark Derby, 'Salvation Army - The Salvation Army’s early days', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 April 2024)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 20 Apr 2018