The Autobiography of Kingsley Fairbridge


    KINGSLBY FAIBBKIDGE had an active and adventurous life before he went to Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. Most of the book consists of those early experiences, and gives an admirable picture of Rhodesia in the making. But the importance of the book lies in his scheme of Imperial settlement. Fairbridge was convinced that the solution of the unemployment and emigration problems of Great Britain were to be found in taking children from the large towns and training them in schools in the Dominions to become farmers. His enthusiasm led to the foundation at Oxford of the Child Emigration Society. In 1912 he started his farm school in Western Australia. There were many difficulties to be contended with, of which the financial was not the least, but before Fairbridge died in 1924 the scheme was on a sound footing. The book is a worthy record of a man of far-seeing vision.

    The Autobiography of Kingsley Fairbridge.

    With a Preface by the Rt. Prof. L. S. Amery and an Epilogue by Sir Arthur Lawley. Pp. x + 188. (London: Oxford University Press, 1927.) 6s. net.

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    The Autobiography of Kingsley Fairbridge . Nature 120, 294 (1927).

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