The ‘Unorganised’ Emigrationists

Roy Parker

in Uprooted

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9781847420145
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304142 | DOI:
The ‘Unorganised’ Emigrationists

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Most of the child-emigration ventures eventually became organisations in the sense that their conduct was subject to a measure of control by a management committee, their finances were scrutinised, and certain formal posts created. However, there were some schemes that did not follow this course and which, until they disintegrated or were absorbed by established organisations, remained essentially ‘unorganised’; that is to say, they operated without any formal structure and hence without a superordinate authority to which they were answerable. Maria Rye and Annie Macpherson fall into this category, as does the Catholic John Boyd; there were also others who worked independently of an administrative framework. Although having this in common, their histories vary. Nevertheless, each illustrates the pitfalls and dangers to which such individualistic enterprises exposed the children who were emigrated. This chapter considers three lesser-known examples: Emma Stirling, W. J. Pady, and the Bristol Emigration Society.

Keywords: child emigration; poor children; Emma Stirling; W. J. Pady; Bristol Emigration Society

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