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Journal of the Nelson and Marlborough Historical Societies, Volume 2, Issue 3, 1989

[introduction]

page 42

Arthur Clayden was a middleclass Englishman who had a great deal of sympathy for the farm labourers in the England of the 1870s.

In emigration schemes, he saw a way in which they could have a better life for themselves and their families. His connection with New Zealand began in 1872, when Brogdens were recruiting men to work on railway contracts in New Zealand. They were offering free transport and guaranteed work as navvies. Later, Clayden spent some time in New Zealand and wrote reports, which he sent to the Daily Mail and to the Labourers Chronicle. These were later published in a small booklet.(The England of the Pacific or New Zealand as an England Middle class Emigration Field).