Edward Gibbon Wakefield, 1796-1862

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Biographical note

British politician, and promoter of a scheme for the colonsiation of South Australia.

He believed that many of the social problems in Britain were caused by overcrowding and overpopulation and he saw emigration to the colonies as a useful safety valve. He set out to design a good colonisation scheme, one with a workable combination of labourers, artisans and capital. The scheme was to be financed by the sale of land to the capitalists who would thereby support the other classes of emigrants.

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