Family Colonization Loan Scheme - 1851.|
FAMILY COLONIZATION LOAN SOCIETY
Committee for Port Phillip.
Right Rev. Dr Perry, Lord Bishop of Melbourne
With power to add to their number.
THE RE-UNION OF FAMILIES- |
The above society, (which is of a purely benevolent character, and has for it's committee in England, Lord Ashley, M.P., the Right Hon. Vernon Smith, M.P., and other gentlemen of rank and influence), not only endeavors to aid struggling families and individuals of approved character in their emigration from Europe, but has for one of it's objects the re-union of separated members of families.
Persons, therefore, in Port Phillip, who wish to get out to this country, from England, Ireland or Scotland, their sons or daughters, fathers or mothers, brothers or sisters, or other near relatives; or husbands who have been necessitated to leave their wives and children behind, and may be now anxious to get them out, are informed that they and their relatives at home will be aided and advised by this society in their mutual exertions to be re-united.
This re-union may be carried out as followed:
The present cost for each adult is 12 pounds, from England to Port Phillip-
for children under 14 years - 6 pounds each, being reckoned equal to half an adult:
Loans of 4 pounds, or 5 pounds, or 6 pounds, on satisfactory reference, and according to circumstances, will be given to each adult for two years, without interest, parties themselves paying the difference in the first instance, viz. 8 pounds, or 7 pounds or 6 pounds each: a relative in this country may advance the amount, or may jointly with his relation at home make up the sum required.
To show the working of the plan- let us suppose a father in Melbourne wishes to send for his son at home, that the son can raise 3 pounds towards his own passage, that the father sends him 5 pounds and the society sends him 4 pounds, making 12 pounds, or that a son out here sends for both parents - passage 24 pounds- say the parents at home can raise 6 pounds, that the son advances 8 pounds and the society lends him 10 pounds: or again, that a husband sends home for his wife and two children, one being above the age of 14, the other under passage of the three, 30 pounds. Say that the wife can pay 8 pounds at home, that the husband remits her 10 pounds, and the society in this case gives a loan of 12 pounds, thus their passage is secured.
Much, however, as to the money arrangement, will depend upon the circumstances of individuals. Last month, one worthy son sent home for his mother and two adult brothers. He calculated they could pay nothing towards their passage; he therefore remitted by means by the society 19 pounds 4s, the society lending them 16 pounds 16s., making 36 pounds, the amount of their passage.
Again, a single person here with small means, may be anxious to get out several relatives at home who have no funds of their own. In cases like this the society recommended that the strongest and most serviceable portion of the family should emigrate first and help the others over.
A servant girl, last month, aged 12, sent home through the society 4 pounds for her mothers support, and now intends to pay in 7 pounds for the passage of her brother, aged 22, the society lending him 5 pounds, that by their joint labor and savings, they may help over their mother and three sisters; and this good daughter and affectionate sister will be able to do this, with the aid of the society's loan, in about 18 months from the time of her brother's arrival.
It is, however, desirable that the party at home should if practicable, pay half or so of the sum required to be raised at first, say 3 pounds, thus by the relative here advancing 4 pounds and the society lending 5 pounds, a person will be enabled to emigrate, and pay afterwards at the easy rate of 4s 2d. a month, or not quite 1s a week, one being allowed two years to pay back to the society the loan granted.
Whenever the loans are refunded, the same will be lent again, and if the borrowers wish it, to others of their relations.
The payment, Remittances, and Emigration of parties are thus arranged:-
The society also undertakes, through the liberal accommodation of the banks above mentioned, to forward any small sums of money which immigrants wish to send to their relatives at home for their support, to see it transmitted or paid to them, and, in due time, to return to them their relatives' receipts for the amount.
For further information apply to Captain Chisholm, Melbourne, if by letter, post paid.
By the books kept in this office, it appears that 28 parents, 38 brothers and sisters, 13 children left behind, and 3 wives, have thus either been sent for by relatives here, or weekly or monthly payments are now being made for their emigration from the 10th of Oct 1851 - till present.
No. 110, Swanston street,
taken from the Belfast Gazette.[Port Fairy - Australia] 1851
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