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Filching the Argentine colonists : the encouragement of Patagonians to the Northern Territory in the early twentieth century

Langfield, Michele 2002, Filching the Argentine colonists : the encouragement of Patagonians to the Northern Territory in the early twentieth century, Journal of Northern Territory history, no. 13, pp. 33-47.

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Title Filching the Argentine colonists : the encouragement of Patagonians to the Northern Territory in the early twentieth century
Author(s) Langfield, Michele
Journal name Journal of Northern Territory history
Issue number 13
Start page 33
End page 47
Publisher Historical Society of the Northern Territory
Place of publication Darwin, N.T.
Publication date 2002
ISSN 1034-7488
Summary This paper explores the background to the emigration of 220 settlers from Patagonia in South America to the Northern Territory during the course of World War I. The group, which arrived in Darwin on the Kwanto Maru in 1915, comprised an unusual mixture of nationalities. The breakdown given in the passenger list and the contemporary press was 113 Spaniards, 45 Russians, 30 Italians. 28 British, I Argentinian [of British parents], 1 Frenchman, 1 Serbian and 1 Greek. Some of the 'Spaniards' were presumably Spanish speaking Argentinians but most were indeed of Spanish descent, such as the Martinez, Perez and Villalba families. Of the British amongst the group, almost all were Welsh. They came as a result of inducements held out to the Welsh amongst the party in the years immediately prior to the war by the Commonwealth Government, which administered the Northern Territory after 1911. This account provides a fascinating case study of the recruitment of immigrants to Australia, and particularly to the Northern Territory, in the early twentieth century.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner
Language eng
Field of Research 160303 Migration
210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Historical Society of the Northern Territory
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001489

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