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A Lucky Landing: The Story of the Irish in New Zealand
by Anna Roggers

Large Soft cover, First Edition 1996, Black and White Photographs, illustrations, 246 Pages, ex-college lib book in good/very good condition

'They travelled across the world in search of a new life, a piece of land to call their own. They came, too, in their thousands, to dig gold. Many of the young women came to work as servants in the homes of those more wealthy than themselves; the men often earned a living building bridges, tunnels and railways until they could afford a farm of their own. Some came as priests and nuns to teach and care for their fellow countrymen and women. The Irish who poured into NZ, particularly as assisted immigtants in the last third of the 19th century, have left an indelible mark of this country's history- and on its people: it is estimated that an astonishing 20 per cent of NZ's population can claim Irish ancestry. A Lucky Landing tells of the colourful Irish men and women who have played a part in NZ's politics, in its literature, in its commercial success. There are chapters on the Irish goldminers, on the battles between Orange and Green that were once fought fiercely in this country, on the Irish influence on the Catholic church, on the many Irish who became publicans or policemen, and on the discrimination suffered by the Irish immigrants in the days before being Irish was a matter of pride'
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