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Irish workhouse

In the 1870s many Irish migrated to New Zealand as assisted immigrants. Some had been nominated by their families in New Zealand, while others were recruited among the Protestants of northern Ireland. In addition Caroline Howard, an immigration agent, recruited young women from a Cork workhouse – an establishment where those wanting charitable relief had to live and earn their keep. This design was widely copied throughout Ireland.

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Private collection, Peter Higginbotham

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Jock Phillips, 'Irish - Migration after 1870', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2023)

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