Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, 
Book — 1 online resource (viii, 240 pages) : illustrations.
1. 'With this sign I conquer' : middle-class female emigrators and the management of imperial migration
2. Safe passage : narratives of women in transit
3. 'Grit and grace' : a new class of women for the colonies
4. Letters 'home' : female emigrants and the imperial family of women
5. Welcoming women : reception work in Canada and Australia
6. Domesticating Canberra : the Federal Capital Commission and the Domestic-Servant Project
"The period between the 1860s and the 1920s witnessed a wave of female migration from Britain to Canada and Australia, much of which was managed by women. Agents of Empire explores the work of the women who promoted, managed, and ultimately transformed single British women's experiences of migration." "Agents of Empire highlights the aims and methods behind the emigrators' work, as well as the implications and ramifications of their long-term engagement with this imperialistic feminizing project. Chilton provides insight into the struggle for control of female migration and female migrants, adding an important dimension to the study of gender, migration, and empire."--Book jacket.