Conflict at Addisons Flat - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Addisons Flat

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Addisons Flat in the Video tab.

Many settlers on the West Coast were Irish, and conflict sometimes erupted between Irish Catholics and Protestants. The worst confrontation was at the gold-rush tent town of Addisons Flat, where Protestants and Catholics fought in the streets in 1868.

Gold and gold mining: West Coast
Miners at Addisons Flat
Fenian procession

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