Celebrating the Arrival of the ‘Blenheim’

In the early days of settlement in New Zealand, the so-called New Zealand Company and its offshoots were chiefly responsible for bringing out new settlers from Britain to New Zealand. While many Scots only arrived in the late 1840s, making their way to the newly-established Free church settlement of Dunedin, there were a number of Scots amongst the earlier arrivals to the North Island. In 1840, for instance, the ‘Blenheim’ brought around 200 Scots to Wellington. Many of them initially settled in Wellington itself, specifically in the area of Kaiwharawhara (click on the image to see larger version), which thus became known at the ‘Scotch settlement’. After the government’s purchase of the RangitÄ«kei land block from local Maori, however, a good number of the Kaiwharawhara Scots made their way north, …