Story: Migrant and refugee organisations

Dunedin Hibernian Society, 1873

A Dunedin branch of the Hibernians, the Irish Catholic benefit society, was formed in 1873. It required a special dispensation, or authorisation, from the main Australasian branch in Melbourne. This magnificent certificate records that dispensation. It is illustrated with images and symbols from Irish and Catholic traditions.

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Mark Derby, 'Migrant and refugee organisations - Early migrant organisations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 September 2021)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 May 2018