Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

8/7/2007

SHORT HISTORY OF THE IRISH IN NEW ZEALAND

The first Irish in New Zealand arrived from the late eighteenth century onwards. They were frequently transient whalers, sealers, traders, and the occasional convict from New South Wales, Australia. However, it was not until the arrival of Fencible soldiers and their families who settled at Panmure, Howick, Onehunga, and Otahuhu in Auckland between 1847-1852 that New Zealand received a substantial influx of Irish settlers. Although these soldiers arrived during Ireland’s Great Famine period, most Irish found their way to America, Australia and England during this time. for more click here

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