Settlers: New Zealand Immigrants from England, Ireland and Scotland 1800–1945

Jock Phillips & Terry Hearn

*Print edition no longer in stock.

‘This beautifully written and attractively presented book seeks to establish the origins and nature of British and Irish migration to New Zealand from the early 1800s until the end of the Second World War. Settlers makes a very significant contribution to our history and is a wonderful teaching resource. Readers will enjoy the delightful cameos and evocative images.’ – Lyndon Fraser, NZ Journal of History


Who were our Pākehā 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 Pākehā 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 Cornwall’s meat pies to Scotland’s country shows – and their shared characteristics shaped New Zealand’s culture and history, from the movement for temperance and women’s suffrage to New Zealanders’ enthusiasm for the outdoors.

Settlers makes a significant contribution to understanding the origins of Pākehā New Zealand.



Jock Phillips is the general editor of Te Ara The Encyclopedia of New Zealand and is the author of many books and articles. He is best known for his seminal study of Kiwi masculinity, A Man’s Country? Terry Hearn is an historical geographer currently involved in investigating Treaty of Waitangi claims and issues. He is the author of several books and many articles dealing with New Zealand’s gold rush, environmental, and immigration history.


Winner ARANZ Ian Wards Prize 2009

January 2008, 230 x 150 mm, 190 pages, illustrations
Paperback, ISBN 9781869404017, $45