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Subject: Re: [NZ] Butler
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 11:10:16 -0800
If they did not leave Ireland until 1863, then they were too late for the goldrush in Victoria which was in the 1850s. Many of the goldminers in Victoria came to New Zealand in 1861 for the rush at Gabriels Gully, Otago. Then there were rushes to the West Coast and elsewhere after that. But by 1864 Otago had very little gold left and the attention shifted to Thames in the North Island. The Thames goldrush occurred in 1868.
If you look on my website database, you will see that there was a goldminer John A. T. Butler at Karaka Thames in Feb 1868. Do you know if he had a middle name? Kae Lewis
> Hi List,
> I have an ancestor and his wife that came to NZ (Otago) via Australia
> from Ireland. We are not sure if they stopped for a time (gold fields in
> Vic), some family say this, then came to NZ, or they just came via the
> Victorian ports. Any help in where to look for them would be appreciated as
> have not had success looking for them (shipping lists) so far in NZ or
> Australia. Someone on the list may know of migration patterns from
> Ireland. The couple were married St Patricks Catholic church, 17 Jun 1863,
> Culfeightrin parish in Ireland, male born in Ballycastle and 1864 seems to
> be the year that the couple (John and Mary Butler) came out.
> Many thanks..in advance.
> Shona (Sydney)
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