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New Zealand Croatians / Hrvati Novog Zelanda

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See Dalmatia is and has always been a part of Croatia. In the 1880s when the first Dalmatians came to New Zealand, the Austro-Hungarian empire ruled Dalmatia, and this is why they were often mistakenly called ‘Austrians’ in New Zealand. After Austria-Hungary was defeated in the First World War, Dalmatia was incorporated into the new Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. In 1929 this was renamed Yugoslavia. In New Zealand, Croatian immigrants have been known as Croatians, Dalmatians but also as Yugoslavs.

Stages and reasons in the migration to New Zealand

  1. wave - early pioneers - the loners, seafarers, mobile and unsettled
  2. wave - econmic pressure - gumfields from 1892-1899, supporting their families at home
  3. wave - 1902-1914 - generally family members of previous group, sent to help families or to avoid service in Austro Hungarian forces. Largest group.
  4. wave - 1921 - 1940 - large scale movement of wives, families and single mana and women.
  5. from 1946 onwards - consistent migration from Dalmatia, joined by other migrants from ex-Yugoslavia

The intention is to include the first member of the family born in Croatia and died in New Zealand.

From Distant Villages, by Stephen Jelicich

Early pioneers - 19th century

Post First World War

Early years - 1920-40

Post Second World War

  • Dr Maurice D. Matich
  • Dr Ronald Valentine Trubuhovich

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