Between the 1840s and 1880s, thousands of young single women came to New Zealand as assisted migrants from Britain and Ireland. In this detailed study of forgotten lives, Charlotte Macdonald highlights the experiences and identities of a vitally important migrant group, one previously overshadowed by the stories of gold diggers, pastoralists, soldiers, adventurers and agricultural labourers.
Macdonald, a pioneer of research into women’s history, brings a new perspective on New Zealand’s European settlement. Her compelling study will appeal to anyone seeking to investigate the origins of contemporary New Zealand identity.
Table of contents
1. The search for women as new settlers
2. The immigrants
3. The voyage
4. Finding work, and getting on
6. Fertility, childbirth and family life
7. Women of bad character?
Appendix One: Ships which carried government immigrants to Canterbury 1853–1871
Appendix Two: Women for whom information about children has been traced