A Useful Education: Humanitarianism, Settler Colonialism and Industrial Schools in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa

  • Rebecca Swartz
Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)


This chapter focuses on colonial discourse regarding industrial education in the mid-nineteenth century, through the lens of Sir George Grey’s schemes for industrial education in New Zealand, the Cape and Natal. The chapter begins with a brief introduction to the concept of industrial education. It then discusses Grey’s broad schemes for industrial training in New Zealand and the Cape, describing the contours of these ideas and how they were interpreted across multiple institutions. It pays particular attention to the industrial schools founded along the Cape frontier under the auspices of Grey’s grant. It then moves on to one institution, Ekukhanyeni, run by Bishop Colenso in Natal, where Grey’s support for industrial education was foundational to the institution’s (short-lived) success.


New Zealand Cape Natal Sir George Grey Colenso Industrial education Labour Settler colonialism Humanitarianism Transnational 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca Swartz
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

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