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The Waikākahi homestead and descendants of settlers

The Waikākahi homestead and descendants of settlers

Many Scottish immigrants came to New Zealand hoping to acquire land. The McLean brothers from the Island of Coll did so on a grand scale. Allan McLean’s estate, Waikākahi, in South Canterbury, was bought by the government in the 1890s and subdivided into more than 130 farms. Many of the Waikākahi settlers of the 1890s were also Scots. In 1999 their descendants gathered at Allan McLean’s old homestead to mark the centenary of the subdivision.

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John Wilson, 'Scots - Scots and the economy', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 June 2024)

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