Story: Irish

Tunnel claim, Charleston

Tunnel claim, Charleston

Initially Irish immigrants tended to congregate in certain occupations – single women as domestic servants, single men as miners. These miners are working on the Tunnel claim near Charleston on the West Coast, in the 1890s. Charleston was a strong Irish community throughout the second half of the 19th century.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Mrs Dyson Collection (PAColl-2077)
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Jock Phillips, 'Irish - Settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/56/tunnel-claim-charleston (accessed 21 April 2019)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015