Story: History of immigration

Young woman gathering fuel

Young woman gathering fuel

Between 1840 and 1852 almost 20,000 people came from Britain and Ireland to settle in New Zealand. Many came from rural areas, pushed by declining wages and the grind of poverty and hard physical labour. In this slightly romantic watercolour a woman gathers fuel to heat the stove and warm the family cottage.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-001-009
Watercolour by Richard Aldworth Oliver

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Jock Phillips, 'History of immigration - British immigration and the New Zealand Company', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Aug 2015