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Scottish Migration Collection


Waipū’s settlers came there by way of Scotland, Nova Scotia, and Australia. The Waipū collection contains one episode in the story of the Scottish diaspora of the 19th century.

The Waipū collection documents a significant microcosm of international migration from Scotland to Nova Scotia, to Australia, and to New Zealand, reflecting the spread of the British Empire of the time, and the movement of its people. It includes photos, voyage and settlement diaries, personal correspondence, publications, maps, drawings and genealogies.

Archive Location

Waipū Museum, Waipū

Reverend Norman McLeod

Early Scottish Settlers Home with Roof made from Nikau Palm (a Māori influenced technique)

Letter from Duncan McKenzie to Governor of NZ 1853 p1

Letter from Duncan McKenzie to Governor of NZ 1853 p6

Diary written by Rev Fraser on the ship ‘Breadalbane’ 1856


Collection Information

Waipū Museum, Waipū


Waipū, a Scottish settlement