Story: History of immigration

The Remutaka Road

The Rimutaka Road

The large-scale immigration of the 1870s was part of Premier Julius Vogel’s scheme to revive the economy. He borrowed money from overseas and spent it on recruiting immigrants and constructing roads and railways. In the early 1870s people could only cross from Wellington to the Wairarapa by horse or bullock over the Remutaka Road. In 1878 a rail connection was opened.

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Jock Phillips, 'History of immigration - The great migration: 1871 to 1885', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 March 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Aug 2015