Kōrero: Dalmatians

A letter bride (3 o 3)

A letter bride

Until 1920 only 3% of New Zealand’s Dalmatians were women. Men in New Zealand would ask their countrymen if they had young sisters or cousins back home, and many a long-distance match was made around a Northland campfire. Failing that, men would write home asking parents to match them with one of the young village women. This woman dressed up as a bride to celebrate the proposal of marriage she received in the mail. For women in poor villages New Zealand seemed a land of opportunity, but it was often a shock to arrive at the gum fields and live in a lonely shack.

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Private collection, Senka Bozic

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Carl Walrond, 'Dalmatians - Leaving Dalmatia', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/2266/a-letter-bride (accessed 29 November 2021)

He kōrero nā Carl Walrond, i tāngia i te 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015