Who were our Pakeha ancestors? Did our forefathers and mothers come from particular areas of Britain, did they tend to be rural or city folk, were they Catholics or Protestants, farmers or factory workers? Drawing on a major analysis of death registers and shipping records as well as hundreds of biographical accounts of individuals and families, Settlers gives the first comprehensive account of the origins of Pakeha New Zealanders. Phillips and Hearn use individual examples of immigrants and their families, vividly depicted in the numerous illustrations, and show that these settlers were a distinctive group. They were predominantly rural dwellers practising pre-industrial crafts, Low-Church Protestants and as often of Celtic as Anglo-Saxon heritage. They added elements of their diverse cultures to the new land from Cornwalls meat pies to Scotlands country shows and their shared characteristics shaped New Zealands culture and history, from the movement for temperance and womens suffrage to New Zealanders enthusiasm for the outdoors. Settlers makes a significant contribution to understanding the origins of Pakeha New Zealand.

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