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European migrants: Scandinavian sawmillers

Dannevirke and Norsewood in southern Hawke's Bay were government-named settlements intended for Scandinavian immigrants. Encouraged to come, and given free or assisted passages and land, the families that arrived from Denmark and Norway found themselves living amidst or on the edge of dense bush. After some years of rough living, they established homes and sawmills, including this one mill at Mangawharo, set up by Dannevirke settler Charlie Pedersen. He can be seen behind his father, Peder Pedersen, who stands at back right, with a white beard.

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Martin Holland and Serena Kelly, 'Britain, Europe and New Zealand - Migration, travel and tourism', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/36831/european-migrants-scandinavian-sawmillers (accessed 26 January 2022)

Story by Martin Holland and Serena Kelly, published 20 Jun 2012