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County of origin of Irish immigrants, 1853–70 (2nd of 5)

County of origin of Irish immigrants, 1853–70

During the gold-mining period, there were still numbers coming from the south-west, many of whom were Catholics originally attracted to the Australian goldfields. For the first time County Antrim, near Belfast, became a significant source for Irish immigrants as the provinces, especially Canterbury, began to recruit Protestants in that area.

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

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Jock Phillips, 'Irish - Migration after 1870', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2023)

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