From Alba to Aotearoa:Profiling New Zealand's Scots migrants 1840-1920

Author(s): Rebecca Lenihan


Detailed  analysis of the origin of NZ's Scots migrants.

Scots made up nearly 20 percent of the immigrant population of New Zealand to 1920, yet

until the past few years the exact origins of New Zealand’s Scots migrants have remained


From Alba to Aotearoa

establishes for the first time key characteristics of the Scottish

migrants arriving between 1840 and 1920, addressing five core questions: From where in

Scotland did they come? Who came? When? In what numbers? and Where did they settle?

In addition, this important study addresses, through statistical analysis, issues of internal

migration within Scotland, individual and generational occupational mobility, migration

among Shetland migrants, and return migration.

From Alba to Aotearoa

offers context to the increasing body of studies of the social and

cultural history of New Zealand’s Scots, their networks, cultural transfers and identity.


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Rebecca Lenihan

completed her undergraduate degree and her PhD at Victoria University

of Wellington. Her doctoral thesis, creating a demographic profile of New Zealand’s Scots

migrants, was part of a larger research project investigating the Scots in New Zealand funded

by the Royal Society Marsden Fund of New Zealand. Between 2011 and 2013 Rebecca worked

as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Guelph, Canada, and she is currently (2015–18)

a post-doctoral fellow at Victoria University of Wellington. Rebecca is the author of several

articles and book chapters, and co-author of

Unpacking the Kists

(McGill Queen’s University

Press/Otago University Press, 2013).

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  • : 9781877578793
  • : University of Otago Press
  • : University of Otago Press
  • : books

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  • : Rebecca Lenihan
  • : Paperback