Story: Irish

County Down, Ireland

County Down, Ireland

In the 19th century most rural Irish people were landless labourers, or peasants with only a few acres. This small stone cottage, a typical home for many Irish peasants, is on the slopes of the Mourne mountains in County Down. Large numbers of Irish emigrated to New Zealand from County Down.

Using this item

Private collection, Jock Phillips
Photograph by Jock Phillips

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Irish - Migration 1800–1850', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 June 2023)

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