Story: Scots

A Shetland woman knitting

A Shetland woman knitting

Scots emigrated to New Zealand to better their lives. Most Shetlanders came to escape such aspects of poverty and hardship as having to carry peat on their backs. This woman is knitting as she walks. The skill of knitting was a major Scottish contribution to New Zealand’s popular culture.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Robert Stout Collection (PAColl 5367)
Reference: PAColl-5367-2-02
Photograph by George Washington Wilson

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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