THIS SLIDE SHOW IS ABOUT FACTS AND INFORMATION ON THE WELSH PEOPLE COMING IN TO NEW ZEALAND
Welsh people were some of the earliest to arrive to New Zealand. People born in Wales were a very small proportion of all British immigrants that came to New Zealand.
Among the people that arrived was John Grono. He named a south island fiord Milford Haven, which was his home land in Pembrokeshire. Then John Lort Stokes who is a native from Milford Haven came along and changed Milford Haven to Milford Sounds.
Where the Welsh settled I n the early 1860s Welsh immigrants lived mostly in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson and Canterbury. Welsh people lived all over New Zealand but by 1916 most Welsh people lived in Auckland and Wellington. By 1976 more than half of New Zealand’s Welsh people lived in Auckland. Welsh miners were important to New Zealand’s mining industry, especially coal mining, between the world wars. In 1936, Welsh working men were four times more likely than those from other countries to be miners.
WELSH SOCIETIES Even though there are not that many Welsh immigrants, they have kept their traditions. Those who lived in Canterbury started the first Welsh organisation in New Zealand, the Cambrian Society of Canterbury. The group encouraged immigration from Wales, and helped the Welsh immigrants to keep Welsh traditions in folk dancing, choirs to sing carols and folk songs, and to celebrate St David’s Day on the 1 of March. There are also Welsh societies in Wellington (formed in 1907) and in Auckland (formed in 1925).
Facts and Figures country of birth The New Zealand census figures listed show the number of residents in New Zealand born in Wales. 1858 census: 233 1901 census: 1,765 1951 census: 4,433 1976 census: 8,426 2001 census: 5,784 2006 census: 6,756
In conclusion the Welsh were some of the earliest to arrive to New Zealand. They were very important to the New Zealand mining industry. By 1976 there were more than half of New Zealand's Welsh people living in Auckland. CONCLUSION