Migrations: Journeys in time and space
In Migrations Rod Edmond traces the journeys of his Scottish forebears as they separately made their way to New Zealand. The migration story begins with Charles Murray leaving Aberdeenshire in 1884 to become a missionary on the island of Ambrym. On the other side of Scotland, Catherine McLeod and her family had already abandoned their small coastal croft and sailed for Tasmania.
Encounters in Scottish and Pacific villages, a reconciliation ceremony, visits to country churches in New Zealand, and the shock of a city’s history transformed by earthquake – all are woven into an exploration of ‘migration’, of what it is and what it means in our lives. Evocations of place are quietly infused with an understanding of the past, subtly shifting perceptions of identity for current generations.
"This is my kind of book, and a book for any New Zealander descended from European immigrants, particularly from Britain. In a narrative that is learned, atmospheric and often gripping, Rod Edmond reflects on identity and migration with the penetrating insight of a still tenderly attached exile." Fleur Adcock.
Rod Edmond taught postcolonial history and literature at the University of Kent for many years; his publications include Representing the South Pacific: Colonial Discourse from Cook to Gauguin (1997), joint winner of the Trevor Reese Memorial Prize for Imperial History.
List of Maps
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5. Ambrym I
6. Ambrym II
8. New Zealand