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‘Feeble Pen and Paper’? The Personal Correspondence and Epistolary Practices of Scottish Migrants<sup>*</sup>

Tanja Bueltmann

in Scottish Ethnicity and the Making of New Zealand Society, 1850-1930

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748641550
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653553 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641550.003.0003
‘Feeble Pen and Paper’? The Personal Correspondence and Epistolary Practices of Scottish Migrants*

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This chapter focuses on the human aspect of emigration, exploring the personal dimension of the settlement experience of Scots in New Zealand. Drawing on personal correspondence, it thus focuses on the most immediate circle of belonging, asking: What did migration mean to individual Scots migrants and how did they adjust to their new life in New Zealand? It is shown that ethnic networks which were available and accessible to migrants were enduring and helped expatriates in the process of adjustment. It is perhaps in view of the substantial network structures which existed that the testimonies at the heart of this study do not predominantly give voice to loneliness or homesickness, but to the willingness to move on and make the best of the opportunities that existed in the new world.

Keywords: Scottish migrants; migration; settlement; personal correspondence; letters; belonging; ethnic networks

Chapter.  11260 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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