Story: Rural mythologies

Farm labourers meeting

Farm labourers meeting

In this newspaper lithograph, farm labourers are shown meeting in a Northamptonshire village square in 1872. As farm wages fell in real terms, labourers in parts of England began to organise to defend their rights, and rural unions emerged. At some of these meetings the idea of migrating to New Zealand was raised. New Zealand was presented as an attractive option for rural workers since it was believed that there migrants could quickly become small farmers on freehold land.

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Reference: Graphic. 30 December 1872.

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Jock Phillips, 'Rural mythologies - Immigrant hopes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/20301/farm-labourers-meeting (accessed 28 November 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008