From settlement to the present day, the South Australian government has targeted various classes of immigrants. These have included attempts to encourage agricultural labourers to emigrate.
Applications by South Australian residents for agricultural labourers 1911 - 1914
This series consists of application forms completed by South Australian farmers for migrants to be employed as farm labourers.
The application forms give various information, including: name and address of farmer, class of holding, number of men required, principal duties of labourer/s and wages to be paid. The forms are accompanied by cover sheets recording name and address of farmer and, if labourer/s were supplied, their name/s and date supplied. Many applications also include related documents, such as correspondence from the Department advising whether or not a suitable migrant was available, undertakings by farmers to pay the fare of the labourer from Port Adelaide to the place of employment, and telegrams advising of the labourer's arrival.
The Special List to the applications consists of two separate sequences. The first is arranged alphabetically by the surname of the applicant and also records the area in which they resided and the application number. The second is arranged alphabetically by the surname of the applicant and also records the application number.
Applications for assisted passage as agricultural labourers 1921 - 1924
This series consists of cards indexing applications for assisted passage as agricultural labourers.
The cards record: name, file number, name of ship, dates of departure and arrival, age, nationality, religion, names and ages of wife and children, name and address of employer and details of loan. Not all sections are completed for each card and a small number of cards relate to women migrants.
The Special List is arranged alphabetically by the surname of the applicant and also records their first name, age, ship name, arrival date (not in all cases) and a file number reference (not in all cases).