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Scottish Ethnicity and the Making of New Zealand Society, 1850-1930

Tanja Bueltmann


The Scots accounted for around a quarter of all UK-born immigrants to New Zealand between 1861 and 1945, but have only been accorded scant attention in New Zealand histories, specialist immigration histories and Scottish Diaspora Studies. This is peculiar, because the flow of Scots to New Zealand, although relatively unimportant to Scotland, constituted a sizable element to the country’s much smaller population. Seen as adaptable, integrating relatively more quickly than other ethnic migrant groups in New Zealand, the Scots’ presence was obscured by a fixation on the romanticised shortbread-ti ... More

Keywords: New Zealand, immigration histories, Scottish Diaspora Studies, Scots, Scotland, ethnic migrant groups, Scottish identity, Scottish ethnicity, nostalgia, Scottish immigrant culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780748641550
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641550.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tanja Bueltmann, author