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Going Abroad: The MacGibbon Family and Other Early Scottish Emigrants


 
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 260 pages
Author: J. MacGibbon
Year: 2002
Other Data: 2nd ed., b&w photos, appendixes, bibliog, index
ISBN: 9780958224338

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Product Code: NGA001
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The author's great-great grandfather, also named John MacGibbon, took his family to the 'ends of the earth' in 1849, emigrating from Scotland to New Zealand. "Going Abroad" looks at why they did it, how they did it, and how they managed in the new country – first in Dunedin and then further south in Mataura and Gore. John MacGibbon was typical of the small-capitalist, Free Church of Scotland class which was a key target of the emigration scheme promoters. John and his family are central to the story, though they are by no means the only characters in in the book. "Going Abroad" describes the emigration and early colonial experience of all classes of the Scots who migrated to New Zealand’s deep south.

An important aim was to recreate the flavour of life in the mid 19th century Scottish lowlands, and the emigration and colonial experience. But the book also contains a great deal of carefully researched detail. The first section, set in Glasgow, is written as semi-fiction, while the balance of the book is historical journalism.

The voyage section gives considerable general detail about the nature of early emigrant ship voyages down under to New Zealand and Australia. An in-depth look at the 1849 voyage of the ship Mooltan includes several first-hand accounts, including the substantial diary kept by Francis Pillans.

Contents:
Foreword
Part 1. Scotland
- Gettin' oot of Glasgow
- Oot 'n aboot on Business
- Winding up the new Pilgrim Fathers
- On the Seventh Day
- Glossary of Scottish Words and Phrases
- "We're going Abroad"
- All the fun o' the Fair
- Last days in Scotland
- Separating fact from fiction
Part 2. The Voyage
- The sailing ship "Mooltan"
- "Ship from Clyde to Otago"
- Plan of typical 19th century emigrant sailing ship
- Emigrating with the New Zealand Company
- Emigration from Britain 1825-1849
- Publicising emigration to Bew Zealand
- Voyage of the "Mooltan" in 1849
- Quite a summer cruise ...
- Health, and other converns of the ship's surgeon
- Dining, but hardly cordon blru
- Day in and day out
- On the new home run
- Diary of Francis Pillans, a chief cabin passenger on the "Mooltan" Part 3. Otago
- Flesh on the bones of an ancestor
- Newspapers in the 1850s
- Predecessors
- Early days in Dunedin
- Arriving at the end of 1849
- The McGibbon environs
- Maori in the media
- Moving to Caversham
- James Macandrew the "coming man" - Otago on the move
- Dabbling in politics
- Southland beckons
Part 4. Southland
- Taking up the Otapiri Run
- Carting wool to Invercargill
- John MacGibbon, James Macandrew et al and the Otapiri Run
- Down south again, with the family in tow
- John Junior remembers to the trip south
- The kaika at Tuturau
- 'MacGibbons' was no Ritz on the Mataura
- Mataura River serious travel barrier for early settlers
- The early runholders
- Farming in their own right
- Back to the Old Country to collect a wife (taking a side trip to Argentina)
- The rise and fall of John MacGibbon and Sons
- Establishment, institution, but not a business
- MacGibbon's Corner
- Establishment, institution, but not a business
- Dealing in land
- Serving the community
- 'Aunty Tot' MacGibbon was one of Gore's characters
- Mataura touched by Bohemia
- Obituary: John MacGibbon Seriour
- Home interests
- A colonial abroad: Descriptions of London in 1900 by Isabella MacGibbon, in letters to her children
- Summoned to the Legislative Council
- People and houses
- The first two generations in New Zealand
- Education: The ultimate legacy
Appendicies
- Family timeline
- The MacGibbon ancestors in Scotland
- Report to Captain Cargill by Dr William Purdie, Surgeon Superintendent on the ship Mooltan
- Other accounts of the Mooltan voyage
- Crew list on the ship Mooltan
- Passenger arrivals at Port Chalmers, New Zealand, March 1848-January 1851
Bibliography
Index

Reviews:
"John MacGibbon shows other family historians how it should be done in this excellent publication. What makes the work stand out is his concerted attempt to place the story of one family in its broader context. MacGibbon goes to considerable pains to sketch in the Scottish/Glaswegian background to emigration and then pays the same attention to the history of early Otago/Southland. This intriguing tale of social mobility is supplemented by many well chosen illustrations, including photographs, maps, lithographs, cartoons and drawings which amplify the text and deepen the sense of context. Obituaries, advertisements and posters add to the feel and texture of the period under discussion. Overall, the thoroughly professional design of the book greatly enhances its appeal." - Tom Brooking, Associate Professor of History, University of Otago, in the Electronic Journal of Australian and New Zealand History


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