Summary

British passport dated 1881, issued to Rev Edward Garbett. The passport allows the holder, a British subject, to travel on 'the Continent'. This passport provide an insight into the processes required for movement around Europe and represent the type of documents which would have been required by people wishing to travel in or migrate to Australia.

The Rev Edward Garbett (1817-1887) was the Canon of Christ Church in Surbiton, England. In 1867 he presented a series of eight lectures titled 'The Dogmatic Faith: an inquiry into the relation subsisting between revelation and dogma' as part of the Bampton Lectures, held at the University of Oxford.

Physical Description

A4 page document with printed black text, with some spaces filled in black ink.

Significance

The passports provide an insight into the processes required for movement around Europe and, more significantly, represent the type of documents required by people wishing to travel in or migrate to Australia. These passports acted as identity documents, and illustrate how the requirement to provide proof of identity to government authorities in order to migrate has been a constant throughout Australian immigration history.

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