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As far from Galway as you can go: Irish pioneers in southern New Zealand, with Seán Brosnahan
December 2 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Annaghdown Heritage Society is delighted to host a presentation entitled “As far from Galway as you can go: Irish pioneers in southern New Zealand” by Seán Brosnahan at 8pm on Thursday, December 2, 2021.
This talk will focus on the migration chains established between Annaghdown and the Scottish settlement in Otago, New Zealand in the 1850s. Over time this saw a steady flow of young men and women from Annaghdown and surrounding parishes to create a network of Galway families in the southern-most part of New Zealand. This is actually as far as it was possible to go in the world in the 19th century, requiring an epic 19,000 km ocean voyage with little hope or expectation of ever returning to Ireland. As strangers in a strange land, the bonds of home were vital to sustaining Irish-speaking, frequently illiterate, peasants as they made their way in the colony.
Seán Brosnahan is a curator at Toitῡ Otago Settlers Museum in Dunedin, the social history museum for the Otago region of New Zealand. He descends from Patrick Ford and Ellen Crowe, William Scully and Annie Finnerty, all of whom were from Annaghdown and part of the pioneer Irish community in southern New Zealand.
The presentation will be made online via Zoom , all are welcomed to attend and can be joined through the link below: