Story: Scandinavians

The Seventy Mile Bush

The Seventy Mile Bush

Scandinavians attacked this massive forest from north and south. They walked from Napier and Wellington to the Scandinavian settlements, which they themselves had to create. Their routes are marked in red on the map. The clop-clop of axes and swishing of saws soon carried through the trees, and small grass clearings began to appear in the sea of forest.

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Carl Walrond, 'Scandinavians - 1870s: assisted migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015