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The Church of Mary Queen of Peace (1st of 2)

The Church of Mary Queen of Peace

Polish immigrants to New Zealand in the 19th and early 20th centuries settled mostly in rural areas. At Waihola, south of Dunedin, they built the small Church of Mary Queen of Peace. By the mid-1900s most Polish New Zealanders were living in cities and towns rather than in rural areas, and the church was moved to Broad Bay near Dunedin in 1948. More recently, Dunedin’s Polish families have restored the church, one of the few tangible links with 19th-century Polish settlement in New Zealand.

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Theresa Sawicka, 'Poles - Life in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by Theresa Sawicka, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015