Story: History of immigration

Norwegian family

Norwegian family

In the early 1870s several thousand settlers were brought out from Scandinavia by the New Zealand government. A number of Norwegians settled at Norsewood in southern Hawke’s Bay, including Olaf and Petria (née Pedersen) Thoresen. This photograph shows Petria (seated, second from left) with their children in the early 20th century.

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Jock Phillips, 'History of immigration - The great migration: 1871 to 1885', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/2117/norwegian-family (accessed 28 February 2020)

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