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New Zealand Company emigrants by English county of origin

New Zealand Company emigrants by English county of    origin

This map shows the counties of England that provided 2% or more of the New Zealand Company emigrants. The figures are based on the immigrants’ place of last residence, not their place of birth. It would seem they came from three main areas – London/Middlesex, the Home Counties of the south-east, and the south-west. These last two were a good source of rural labourers and were the base for many of the New Zealand Company agents. Although quite a number came from Yorkshire and Lancashire, these regions had large populations and so were under-represented on a per capita basis.

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Source: Sample of death registers, ‘Peopling’ project, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Wellington

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Jock Phillips, 'History of immigration - The immigrants: 1840 to 1852', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 February 2024)

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