A Distant Shore

A Distant Shore

by Lyndon Fraser


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A Distant Shore by Lyndon Fraser

This book about New Zealand's Irish heritage offers the view that colonial New Zealand was more multicultural than we have been led to believe. Eight writers - most of Irish descent - have produced A Distant Shore: Irish Migration and New Zealand Settlement. Editor Lyndon Fraser says "A Distant Shore moves us towards a multicultural, more inclusive history of New Zealand". It focuses on Irish migration in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, making new research accessible to the general reader. In the first chapter, Don Akenson, a Canadian-based professor of history, asserts that biculturalism is an inadequate framework with which to view the past. This theme surfaces throughout the book as the contributors illustrate the differences between Irish and English culture. Akenson also places New Zealand Irish in the context of the worldwide Irish diaspora.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781877133978
Publisher: Otago University Press
Publication date: 12/01/2000
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

About the Author

Lyndon Fraser worked as Concept Developer for the Passports exhibition at Te Papa National Museum and now teaches historical sociology at the University of Canterbury. His first book was To Tara via Holyhead: Irish Catholic Immigrants in Nineteenth-Century Christchurch (1997). Dr Fraser is a specialist in ethnicity and migration.

Table of Contents

1No Petty People: Pakeha History and the Historiography of the Irish Diaspora13
2Varieties of New Zealand Irishness: A Meditation25
3The Invisible Irish? Re-Discovering the Irish Protestant Tradition in Colonial New Zeland36
4Irish Migration to New Zeaaland to 191555
5The Irish on the Otago Goldfields, 1861-7175
6Irish Migration to the West Coast, 1864-190086
7'In Prospect of a Happier Future': Private Letters and Irish Women's Migration to New Zealand, 1840-1925105
8'Shaming the Shoneens': The Green Ray and the Maoriland Irish Society in Dunedin, 1916-22117
9'The Importance of Being Irish': Hibernianism in New Zealand, 1869-1969135

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