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Conflict at Addisons Flat - Roadside Stories

Conflict at Addisons Flat - Roadside Stories


State Highway 6, Westport

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to sectarian conflict at Addisons Flat. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

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,

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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