Story: Scots

Shetland Islanders on Campbell Island, about 1904

Shetland Islanders on Campbell Island, about 1904

For many years, in both the 19th and 20th centuries, New Zealand was a favoured destination of people emigrating from Scotland’s remote Shetland Islands. A misguided belief that they would find bleak Campbell Island similar to their homeland led to the employment of Shetlanders by a leaseholder who hoped sheep farming on the island would succeed. It didn’t.

Using this item

Alexander Turnbull Library, J. Granger Collection (PAColl 0361)
Reference: 1/4-054553; F

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.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

John Wilson, 'Scots - The late 1800s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 July 2022)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015