Castles of Gold: A History of New Zealands West Coast Irish Lyndon Fraser

ISBN: 9781877372445

Published: January 1st 2007

Paperback

203 pages


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Castles of Gold: A History of New Zealands West Coast Irish  by  Lyndon Fraser

Castles of Gold: A History of New Zealands West Coast Irish by Lyndon Fraser
January 1st 2007 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 203 pages | ISBN: 9781877372445 | 3.53 Mb

From the 1860s, the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island was the scene of two major goldfields, attracting hopefuls from all over the world. Suddenly, where there had been native bush and wide rivers, towns with 400 pubs and accommodation housesMoreFrom the 1860s, the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island was the scene of two major goldfields, attracting hopefuls from all over the world.

Suddenly, where there had been native bush and wide rivers, towns with 400 pubs and accommodation houses had appeared. Amongst the hopefuls were Irish miners, many of whom stayed on after the goldrushes as part of a community with its own distinctive character.

This is the first study on the history of those Irish – where they came from, who they were, how many women came and what they did, how people sustained their family connections, what they believed – in the context of the history of the larger Irish diaspora.

The author draws on private letters and oral histories as well as more conventional sources, and includes many individual migration and settlement stories.



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