Pressure and Persuasion Canadian agents and Scottish emigration, c. 1870- c. 1930


By Marjory Harper, published 1st March 2004

In February, 1907, the Canadian government’s most northerly regional emigration office in the British Isles opened for business in Aberdeen. Located near the city centre, only a stone’s throw from the docks and the railway station, it soon fulfilled the expectation that it would capture the attention of a large passing traffic, with 258 callers and 100 correspondents in its first week of operations. But public interest did not flag even after the novelty had worn off, as a succession of resident agents and their assistants used every promotional tool at their disposal to exploit northern Scotland’s wellattested enthusiasm for Canada as an emigrant destination. This northern outpost was only one example of a nationwide network of emigration agency activity by which Canada in particular covered the British Isles with resident and itinerant propagandists for more than sixty years after Confederation. Scotland...

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