Castles of Gold
A History of New Zealand's West Coast Irish
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|Format:||Paperback, 204 pages|
|Other Information: ||b/w photos|
|Published In: ||New Zealand, 01 June 2007|
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 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 academic 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.
Table of Contents
The Prospect; 'Land of Gold': Irish Migrations to the Diggings; 'The Elusive Pile': Working Lives on the Goldfields; Land, Love or Lucre: Irish Marriages on the West Coast; Old Beliefs in a New World: Religion on the Mining Frontier; Far from Home? Diaspora Politics and the West Coast Irish; Washing Up; Bibliography.
About the Author
Lyndon Fraser is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Canterbury. His previous publications are To Tara via Holyhead: Irish Catholic Immigrants in Nineteenth-Century Christchurch (which won the Sir Keith Sinclair History Prize), A Distant Shore: Irish Migration and New Zealand Settlement (as editor) and Shifting Centres: Women and Migration in New Zealand History (co-edited with Katie Pickles).
|Publisher: ||Otago University Press|
|Dimensions: ||15.0 x 23.0 centimeters (0.38 kg)|