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Percentage of Scottish-born among all non-Māori people in New Zealand counties, 1878

Percentage of Scottish-born among all non-Māori people in    New Zealand counties, 1878

In the 19th century, Otago and Southland had considerably more Scots as a proportion of their total populations than provinces further north. Canterbury was only slightly more Scottish than the North Island provinces, and Taranaki consistently had fewer Scots than anywhere else. The high proportion in Whangarei county was due to the Waipū settlers.

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Source: New Zealand census, 1878

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John Wilson, 'Scots - 1853–1870: a surge of Scots', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/map/216/percentage-of-scottish-born-among-all-non-maori-people-in-new-zealand-counties-1878 (accessed 24 January 2022)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015