Saturday, 22 July 2017


Yea Chronicle, 17 December, 1908.

Under the heading "-Seeking their
Fortune" the "Argus." of Wednesday,
prints a paragraph which states
that the steamer Waratah has arrived
at Port Adelaide from London with
an unusual number of passengers
and a record number of immigrants
aboard. Most of those on board are
destined for New Zealand, while
130 are for Melbourne, and the
remainder for New South Wales.
These "immigrants" state that they
have heard a lot about Australia
lately, and were induced to come
this way because Canada and the
United States for the time being
seem done; and because of the
depression in Great Britain and the
large number of unemployed. Now
the question arises as to whether we
want the 130 immigrants, referred
to, seeing that they have brought
with them capital ranging from £15
to £150 only! These munificent
banking accounts may tide the
"fortune seekers" over the summer,
providing no confidence -man relieves 
them of the lot in one night, as is often 
the "case with our native born subjects; 
but what are they to do as the song says 
"in the winter time"...
The only logical conclusion that can
be arrived at is that the majority
will be stranded along with hun
dreds of others who are daily in
search of remunerative employment.
Australia may be prospering, as they
say, and may also require more
people. Nevertheless Australia
wants people with slightly more
than £15 or even £150; nor does
she want clerks as some of these
"immigrants" are said to be. The
Governments are already endeavour
ing to solve the unemployed problem, 
which was as difficult to deal
with this year as ever it was. Clerks
are in a bad way, while our present
land policy, as has been the case for
years past precludes settlement. The
bursting up of large estates is, of
course, the only remedy, and even
were this done it is doubtful if £150
would be of much use to a would-be
purchaser. The policy of inviting
immigrants to this country with
such paltry sums, as we have indi
cated, at their disposal is undoubht
edly a mistaken one, and can only
tend to intensify the problem of the
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Imagine such an article appearing in modern-day newspapers??

1 comment:

Mole said...

Not politically correct in this day and age!