Story: Scandinavians

Original settlers, Norsewood Golden Jubilee

Original settlers, Norsewood Golden Jubilee

Photographed in 1922, these pioneers of Norsewood, founded in 1872, have surnames such as Petersen, Christiansen and Lund. Their lined faces tell of half a century of toil, turning bush to farm. When these old-timers died, the Scandinavian languages went with them.

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Carl Walrond, 'Scandinavians - 1870s: assisted migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 January 2022)

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