An Emigration Experiment

News about the establishment of the Scotch Colony was spread around the globe. From the archives, here is a transcript from an article dated July 19, 1873 in a New Zealand newspaper called the Otago Witness.

The Scotsmanemigrationexperimentarticle of a recent date says: –– “A special train left Aberdeen on Friday for Glasgow, with 200 emigrants from the north-east coast and intended settlers in the ‘New Kincardineshire Colony,’ New Brunswick. Another large party of emigrants joined the train at Stonehaven, and other bodies of intending colonists were taken up along the route, till the company numbered between 700 and 750, the largest number of emigrants that have ever left Scotland at one time for one place. As the train left the various stations hearty cheers were given for the emigrants, who appeared in good spirits, by the friends left behind. Information just received per the Atlantic Telegraph, by the secretary, states that the New Brunswick Government have kept faith with the colonists, and that the promised log house and four acres of cleared land are ready for occupation.”

The Pall Mall Gazette, in noticing the above facts, remarks: –– “This is the first attempt, it is stated, that has been made to take out so large a number of persons to one particular place, and to settle them down there, but from the liberal concessions of the Government of New Brunswick little fears are entertained of the scheme being a failure. Each of the emigrants bears a good character, and three teachers accompany them to their new home. Arrangements are also being made to send out a probationer of the Free Church ‘to superintend the Colony from a spiritual point of view.’ Farms have been allotted to each of the families going out, varying in extent from 100 to 200 acres, the land being given free, while the Government also build the log houses on the farms, clear from two to four acres per farm, according to size, and form the roads to a greater or less extent.”


Take a look at the original article here and here.