Story: Ideas in New Zealand

Taking leave of old England

Taking leave of old England

E. Noyce's lithograph is a good image of the many English families who left their home country in the 1850s to head south to Australia and New Zealand. Many were pushed by the tough life of the rural labourer, but many others were pulled by the vision of a society where they could eventually own their own piece of land and extremes of class hierarchy were absent.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: E-079-002
Hand-coloured lithograph by E. Noyce

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Ideas in New Zealand - Wakefield and the ‘better Britain’', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 December 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014