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‘Alien’ naturalisation

‘Alien’ naturalisation

In the 19th century, non-Britons (‘aliens’) were free to enter and live in New Zealand. From 1844 they could take the further step of becoming naturalised British subjects. In 1905 German-born Eleonore Blumhardt, a domestic servant living in Kamo, was granted naturalisation. She had come to New Zealand in 1895 with her father and four brothers.

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David Green, 'Citizenship - 1840–1948: British subjects', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 June 2024)

Story by David Green, published 8 Feb 2005