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‘A new life in New Zealand’

From 1947 the New Zealand government once more provided assistance with fares for English migrants. Over the next 28 years more than 250,000 arrived, many paying their own way. This display in New Zealand House, London, shows the promises of a new life offered to prospective migrants. However the extract from a 1947 radio broadcast, in which an English immigrant discusses the different drinking cultures of the two countries, suggests that even for the English there were things about ‘home’ that they missed.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: L1, 22/2/14, part 1

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Terry Hearn, 'English - 20th-century migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 February 2024)

Story by Terry Hearn, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015