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TRANSPORTATION OF CONVICT BOYS TO AUCKLAND.

On the 13th of July, a motion having been made in the House of Commons to vote a sum of £8,654 for additional works at the Model Prison at Parkhurst, in the Isle of Wight, Mr. Hume said, before such a sum was granted, he thought the honourable baronet ought to state to the house whether the experiment had succeeded or not. — Sir J. Graham had no hesitation in saying, that, so far as the experiment had gone, it had been successful. The number of boys in the prison became so great, and the discipline had so good an effect on many of them, that he had recommended her Majesty to grant them a free pardon, and they had been sent out to New Zealand as free settlers. On another large portion the discipline had not wrought quite so satisfactory a change, and they had been sent out to Van Diemen's Land, with a contingent pardon. They were, therefore, removed from society in this country — they were removed out of the way of temptation, and the expense of keeping them as criminals was saved. The vote was required, because, since he had had charge over the criminal affairs of the country, the number of! females of a tender age who had been convicted of felony had greatly increased. As the Government hail no wish to transport them, they thought it desirable to have a prison for them on the same plan as that in which the boys were now confined, in order to extend the experiment. — Mr. P. Howard wished the right honourable baronet to state the number of boys who had been sent out in that way. — Sir J. Graham replied between 50 and 60 were sent to New Zealand, and 80 to Van Diemen's Land. — Mr. Hume said, these boys were sent out free of expense, he supposed. Now, what would the Government do if he brought forward the same number of boys who were virtuous — wholly untainted with crime, and who were anxious to be sent o4F? They were unable to do so. unless they purposely committed a crime. — Mr. V. Smith wished to know under what circumstances those juvenile offenders had been sent out. He knew the right honourable baronet said they went out as free settlers; bat, if they went out to the colony tainted with vice, the stain would folio* them.. It was inflicting all. the evils of the transportation system on the.- colony.— Lord Sta*sy said none had beeii sent out but those

who had been convicted of very trifling offences, and who had been entirely reformed by the disciplipe of the prison. Removed from the temptations which would beset them in this country, there was jb very prospect of their doing well. — In answer to Mr. Aglionby, Lord Stanley said, the expense of Bending them out was paid from the public funds applicable to criminals.— ? Mr. Roebuck hoped the Government would not yet make up their minds that none of the juvenile female offenders should be sent out of the country. There was plenty of untainted labour in the country; and it ought not to be interfered with by those whose crimes deserved transportation. Mr. Hawes said the question was of too much importance to be discussed in such an incidental manner. He did not rise to enter into its merits, but to protest against the doctrine of his honourable friend the member, for Bath. On a/ull inquiry into the transportation system, it would be found to be ineffective and most expensive. He regretted to see .the inclination evinced of late to retrogade upon the question. His honourable friend wished to fall back on the old and vicious system, 'lhe vote was then agreed to.

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TRANSPORTATION OF CONVICT BOYS TO AUCKLAND., Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume I, Issue 42, 24 December 1842

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TRANSPORTATION OF CONVICT BOYS TO AUCKLAND. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume I, Issue 42, 24 December 1842

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