The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 30
B. Government Emigration to New Zealand
B. Government Emigration to New Zealand.
The Government of New Zealand having decided on the construction of Railways and other Public Works in various parts of that Colony—and there being also a considerable demand for Agricultural Labourers and Female Servants—are prepared to grant assisted passages to the following classes of Emigrants:—
Navvies, General Farm Labourers, Ploughmen, Gardeners, Shepherds, a few Country Mechanics, Single Female Domestic Servants and Dairymaids.
1. Married Couples and families can obtain passages on the terms under-mentioned, viz.—The sum of £5 per adult in cash will be accepted in full payment for the passage. If the Emigrant is unable to pay the whole of the money before sailing, he will be required to sign a page 28 promissory note for a sum equal to double the amount remaining unpaid, thus:—
When only £1 per adult is paid in cash, the sum to be repaid by promissory note will be £8 each adult.
When only £2 per adult is paid in cash, the sum to be repaid by promissory note will be £6 each adult.
When only £3 per adult is paid in cash, the sum to be repaid by promissory note will be £4 each adult.
When only £4 per adult is paid in cash, the sum to be repaid by promissory note will be £2 each adult.
The Government will not give assisted passages to more than three children under twelve years (including infants) in each family; but parents may pay full passage-money for children in excess of that number. Every person above the age of twelve years is reckoned as an adult; children between one and twelve are reckoned as half an adult; and infants under one year are not reckoned.
2. Single Women.—Passages without pre-payment are given to single women, namely—Cooks, General Servants, Dairymaids, &c. They will be required to sign promissory notes for each, payable in quarterly instalments, the first payment to be made three months after the date of their arrival. These passages will be restricted to females who are not under fifteen nor over thirty-five years of age.
3. Single Men.—As respects single men, the sum to be paid in cash for the full passage will be for each statute adult. If the applicant cannot give that sum, he may pay £4 in advance, and sign a promissory note for £8.
New Zealand is larger than England, Wales, and Scotland united; yet the European population in 1871 numbered only 256,167 souls.
Most of the land in New Zealand is well adapted for agricultural and pastoral purposes. The total yield of wheat for the year 1870 was 2,349,914 bushels. The number of sheep in the whole colony at the close of 1871 was about ten millions, or nearly forty sheep to each head of the population.
For the year 1870 the produce of the New Zealand gold-fields was valued at, £2,163,910.
The climate of New Zealand is temperate and healthy.
Mechanics and labourers work eight hours as a standard day's work.
For further particulars and detailed conditions, apply personally or by letter at the Offices of the Agent-General for New Zealand, 7 Westminster Chambers, London, S.W.; or at 3 Hope Street, Edinburgh; or personally to the Local Agents.page 29
|Auckland.||Hawke's Bay.||Wellington.||Nelson.||Canterbury.||Gen. Average.|
|Carpenters, per diem,||7s. to 8s.||10s.||8s. to 10s.||8s. to 10s.||7s. to 9s.||8s. to 10s.|
|Bricklayers, per diem,||10s. to 14s.||10s.||8s. to 10s.||10s.||8s. to 9s.||9s. to 10s.|
|Painters, per diem,||7s. to 9s.||8s.||8s. to 10s.||6s. to 10s.||10s.||8s. to 9s.|
|Blacksmiths, per diem,||7s. to 8s.||10s.||8s. to 10s.||10s.||10s.||9s. to 10s.|
|Tailors, per diem,||7s. to 9s.||8 s.||8s. to 10s.||8s. to 10s.||10s.||8s. to 9s.|
|Ropemakers, per diem,||7s||8s.||8s. to 10s.||No journeymen employed.||No rate given.||7s. to 10s.|
|Shoemakers, per diem,||5s. to 6s.||8s.||8s. to 10s.||8s. to 10s.||No rate given.||7s. to 8s.|
|General Labourers, per diem,||4s. to 6s.||5s. to 7s.||5s. to 7s.||5s. to 8s.||5s. to 6s.|
|Married Couples, per year, all found,||£52||£60||£45 to £60||£60||£45 to £55||£50 to £60|
|Single Men, per year, all found,||£26 to £31||50||26 to 40||40||30 to 45||30 to 45|
|Single Women (Dairy-maids), per year, all found,||21 to 26||£26 to 31||20 to 30||£20 to 30||£25||22 to 28|
|Female Domestic Servants—|
|Cooks, per year,||30 to 40||26 to 36||25 to 35||26 to 36||28 to 40||28 to 40|
|General Servants and Housemaids, per year,||23 to 36||26 to 36||18 to 28||20 to 30||18 to 26||20 to 30|
- Carpenters, per diem, 8s. to 10s.;
- Bricklayers, per diem, 8s. to 10s.;
- Painters, per diem, 8s. to 10s.;
- Blacksmiths, per diem, 8s. to 10s.;
- Tailors, per diem, 8s. to 10s.;
- Ropemakers, per diem, 8s. to 10s.;
- Shoemakers, per diem, 8s. to 10s.;
- Gardeners, per week, all found, 20s.;
- Flax-dressers, per week, all found, 20s.;
- Bushmen and Station-hands, per week, all found, 20s.;
- Harvestmen, per week, all found, 20s. to 25s.;
- Shepherds, a year, all found, £50;
- Farm-servants, a year, all found, £45;
- Female Domestic Servants, per annum, all found, £25 to £35;
- Cooks, a year, all found, £40 to £52;
- Dairy-maids, a year, all found, £40 to £45.
|Otago.||Hawkh's Bay.||Wellington.||Nelson.||Canterbury.||Gen. Average.|
|Bread, per 4-lb. loaf,||6d. to 7d.||10d.||7d. to 8d.||9d.||6d. to 8d.||8d. to 9d.|
|Beef, per lb. loaf||4d. to 6d.||4½d.||3½d to 5d.||4d. to 6d.||2d. to 6d.||3d. to 5d.|
|Mutton, per lb. loaf||2d. to 4d.||2½d.||2d. to 3d.||3d. to 4d.||1d. to 3d.||2d. to 3d.|
|Tea, per lb. loaf||3s.||2s. 9d.||2s. 6d. to 3s.||2s. 3d.to 3s. 6d.||2s. to 3s.||2S. 3d. to 3S.|
|Sugar, per lb. loaf||5d.||5d.||5d.||6d. to 6½d.||5d. to 6d.||5d to 6d.|
|Potatoes, per lb. loaf||½d.||½d.||¾d.||½d.||½d.||½d.|
Note.—The return for Auckland does not give the prices of provisions. Clothing one-third dearer than in this country. 7 Westminster Chambers, London, S.W., February 1872.