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Emigration of Distressed Needlewomen

Date: 17 August 1850
Dimensions:
Overall: 400 x 270 mm
Display Dimensions: 400 x 270 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Engraving
Object No: 00001086
Place Manufactured:London

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    Description
    A page from the Illustrated London News from 17 August 1850. It features part of an article titled 'Emigration of Distressed Needlewomen' with two accompanying engravings 'Emigrant Needlewomen on Deck' and 'Emigrant ship, between decks'.
    SignificanceThe Female Immigration und was presented as an oppurtunity for these girls to make a new start with the oppurtunity of gainful employment and the chance to find a husband and future in a new land.
    HistoryThe emigration of single women from Britain in the 19th century was seen as solution to the perceived problem of a populous London, in particular that of the 'lower class' females. It was also seen as a boost to the relatively low number of women in the British colonies, including Australia and New Zealand.
    In 1849 Sidney Herbert established a fund for Promoting Female immigration with his target group being the young, poverty stricken females on the streets of the capitals. These females were seen to be unprotected from the evils and hardness of the world they inhabitiated and one type in particular was promoted, the needle woman.
    The idea of the "needle woman" was a popular image of the virtuous yet helpless female, one that was described as being "the most helpless of their sex - the working women of this country. This iconic figure was portrayed as industrious, hardworking and independent, but cruelly denied the just rewards of her labour and so particularly deserving of redemption from her awful fate". The Fund was presented as an oppurtunity for these girls to make a new start with the oppurtunity of gainful employment and the chance to find a husband and future in a new land.

    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Emigration of Distressed Needlewomen

    Secondary title: Emigrant Needlewomen on Deck / Emigrant Ship between decks

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