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‘The Women's Branch of the Commonwealth Relations Office’: the Society for the Overseas Settlement of British Women and the long life of empire migration

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-535
Number of pages16
JournalWomen's History Review
Issue number4
Early online date24 Mar 2016
Accepted/In press2 Jun 2015
E-pub ahead of print24 Mar 2016
Published3 Jul 2016

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ABSTRACT: This article concerns the Society for the Overseas Settlement of British Women from its formation in 1919 to its closure in 1964 upon the withdrawal of the Treasury grant that provided the bulk of its funding. Describing the imperial network of voluntary organisations and migrants, through which the Society operated, it shows continuity in its activities, geographical remit and personnel from the interwar period despite efforts, especially by the 1960s, to reframe the Society's imperial mission with the rhetoric of Commonwealth and development. It highlights the persistence of imperial institutions and networks after the Second World War.

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