Migrations and Settlement
The first Scots to set foot in New Zealand were crew on explorer James Cook's ship Endeavour in 1769. Over the next 200 years they were followed by thousands more, setting out for a new homeland on the other side of the world. .
These migrants brought with them trades and skills, ideas and beliefs, and, above all, a desire for a better life. They established communities that were strongly Scottish in character, and eventually settled right across the country.
This part of the exhibition tells - through the migrants' own stories and the treasures they brought with them - the rich history of Scots settlement.