Story: Otago region

Emigration poster, 1873

Assisted immigration was a prominent feature of Otago life in the 1870s. The aptly named Otago brought a boatload of Scottish immigrants from Glasgow to Dunedin in 1873. This poster advertises the sailing, along with detailed information about the regulations and provisions for passengers on board. Another Otago built in the same year was a 300–400-ton barque. Captained by novelist Joseph Conrad in 1888–89, this vessel ended its working life in the Tamar River at Hobart, Tasmania, giving its name to nearby Otago Bay and the suburb of Otago.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Otago region - Gold and development', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2024)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 May 2015