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Kent Fedorowich

their old life’. 15 To harness this constructive but potentially dangerous energy and avert post-war political and social unrest, he advocated large-scale overseas soldier settlement projects which would guarantee work and a future for returning soldiers. Reluctantly the government partially relented. Bonar Law, who had recently succeeded Harcourt as Secretary of State, and Lord Selborne, President of

in Emigrants and empire
Brett L. Shadle

Gishu. Over the next several years settlers claimed land in Ukambani and Laikipia. By May, 1910, four thousand square miles had been alienated, although half had been distributed in large concessions, often to land speculators, and were left undeveloped and unoccupied. 39 The war limited the growth of white settlement, but peace helped spur it. The Soldier Settlement Scheme brought several hundred veterans and their families to

in The souls of white folk
Brett L. Shadle

debates surrounding the Soldier Settlement Scheme repeatedly returned to the question of how much capital was necessary to prevent a farmer from becoming a ‘poor white’. C. J. D. Duder, ‘The Soldier Settlement Scheme of 1919 in Kenya’ [Ph.D. diss., Aberdeen University, 1978], pp. 163, 183, 199, 300. 32

in The souls of white folk
Marjory Harper

farmers for the prairies was tempered by a tendency to equate assisted immigration with incompetent or impecunious settlers. Antagonism was fuelled as early as 1920 by bad publicity about British war veterans who emigrated to Canada under the auspices of the Canadian Soldier Settlement Board (SSB). Despite stringent selection by Canadian officials stationed in Britain, too few of these recruits were the physically fit, well-endowed agriculturists desired by the Canadians; many were men from urban-industrial backgrounds who

in Emigration from Scotland between the wars
Canada and Empire settlement, 1918–1939
John A. Schultz

bureaucracy. For its part, the federal government made available lands which had been acquired earlier for soldier settlement and either not used or turned back to the Soldier Settlement Board; the British government in turn advanced settlers funds for stock and equipment. The intention was to settle 3,000 families over three years; despite restrictive terms and a formidable process to gain approval, it proved

in Emigrants and empire
Interpreting a migrant’s letters from Australia, 1926–67
Stephen Constantine

. Constantine (ed.), Emigrants and Empire: British Settlement in the Dominions between the Wars (Manchester, 1990); K. Fedorowich, Unfit for Heroes: Reconstruction and Soldier Settlement in the Empire between the Wars (Manchester, 1995); M. Roe, Australia, Britain, and Migration, 1915–1940: A Study of Desperate Hopes (Cambridge, 1995). For passage rates in 1925 see

in Empire, migration and identity in the British world
Marjory Harper

colonies, each country will get more settlers than would be obtained were the other not in the field.’ 20 Throughout the war Robertson’s superior, W. D. Scott, remained confident of Canada’s reputation being such that ‘we need not fear the competition of either the other British Dominions or any country looking for an increase in its population’, 21 and in 1917 he was particularly disparaging about Australian propaganda: The problem of returned soldier settlement will engage all our

in Emigration from Scotland between the wars
Australia and British migration, 1916—1939
Michael Roe

to design migrant farm projects which might win imperial backing, while he affirmed that the Commonwealth would not now subsidise British immigrants in soldier settlement schemes. 13 Hughes thereby showed the limits to his imperialism. Likewise, his idea of co-operation with the states was that they should follow the Commonwealth. He had long fought for that shift of the

in Emigrants and empire
Stephen Constantine

, 22 May 1926. See also J. M. Powell, ‘Soldier Settlement in New Zealand 1915-23’, Australian Geographical Studies , 9, 1971, pp. 144–60 and A. Maloney, ‘A Land Fit for Heroes: the Otago Experience of the National Soldier Settlement Scheme after World War One’, B. A. long essay, University of Otago, 1982. 116

in Emigrants and empire
Daniel Owen Spence

introduced the 1919 Soldier Settlement Scheme, increasing the area of white settlement by a third. This ‘human sea’ of settlers, as one newspaper put it, included retired naval officers, who reflected the maritime rhetoric of this economic and social movement. 26 Imperial and local debates While the Admiralty and Colonial

in Colonial naval culture and British imperialism, 1922–67