What motivated Austrians since 1857 until today to settle in New Zealand
or in the Pacific Islands? What drew them to the other end of the world?
Under which conditions lived Austrians in this unknown territory? And how
do Austrians life there today? What relations to their former homes were
kept by the expats if any? To answer these and more questions is the goal of
the project „Escape to the Southern Seas?“ After gathering basic data about
the Austrian migration to New Zealand during a period of approx. 140 years a
deeper insight into the relations between Austria and New Zealand in general
and through the migrants in particular should be obtained and shared with
the Austrian and New Zealand public in return.
Everybody interested in the project is invited to conribute.
Information about persons, documents (private documents e.g. letters,
diaries,...) and places about migration to New Zealand and the Pacific
Islands could be given to the project team leader: Margit Wolfsberger.
We will contact you whether in Austria or in New Zealand.