British & Irish immigration, 1840-1914

Page 10 – Further information

This web feature was written by Jock Phillips and produced by the NZHistory team.

Immigration study findings

This manuscript represents a fuller version of the findings which are published in Jock Phillips & Terry Hearn's book, Settlers: Immigrants to New Zealand from England, Scotland and Ireland, 1800-1945 (Auckland University Press). The manuscript was originally prepared by Terry Hearn and then revised by Jock Phillips. It differs from Settlers in that it presents the history of British and Irish immigration to New Zealand chronologically, and it includes many more detailed findings on particular immigration flows and groups of settlers. These are to be found primarily in the tables and graphs, and there is also much fuller commentary than in the published book. 

There are six chapters:

Please let us know if you have any trouble accessing these pdf documents.



  • Donald Harman Akenson, Half the World from Home: Perspectives on the Irish in New Zealand, 1860–1950, Victoria University Press, Wellington, 1990
  • Rollo Arnold, The Farthest Promised Land: English Villagers, New Zealand Immigrants of the 1870s, Victoria University Press, Wellington, 1981
  • Susan Butterworth, Chips off the auld rock: Shetlanders in New Zealand , Shetland Society of Wellington, Wellington, 1997
  • Ed. Lyndon Fraser, A Distant Shore: Irish Migration and New Zealand Settlement, University of Otago Press, Dunedin, 2000
  • Lyndon Fraser, To Tara via Holyhead: Irish Catholic Immigrants in Nineteenth-Century Christchurch, Auckland University Press, Auckland, 1997
  • Charlotte Macdonald, A Woman of Good Character: Single Women as Immigrant Settlers in Nineteenth-century New Zealand, Allen and Unwin, Wellington, 1990
  • G.L. Pearce, The Scots of New Zealand, Collins, Auckland, 1976
  • Jock Phillips & Terry Hearn, Settlers: New Zealand Immigrants from England, Ireland & Scotland 1800-1945, Auckland University Press, Auckland, 2008
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'Further information', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 7-Sep-2021