Story: Scots

A Paisley shawl

A Paisley shawl

Many Scottish migrants to New Zealand left their homeland to escape industrial depression. The town of Paisley relied almost exclusively on weaving, particularly of shawls. When the industry went into recession in the 1840s several parties of Paisley weavers opted for new opportunities in New Zealand.

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John Wilson, 'Scots - 1840–1852: organised settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2022)

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