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    Norwegian Immigration

    Everybody know that a lot of Norwegians migrated to America (USA and Canada) during the late 1800s and early 1900s, but it is less well known that there were organized Norwegian migration to Natal, South Africa and the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific. Maybe also to other places???

    To open this new thread, here is a link to a website for the descendants of Norwegian Emigrants, mainly from the Aalesund area, who settled in Marburg, Natal:

    I came across this when I got curious about the background for the Coach of the South African national football team, Gordon Igesund.
    This may not be news to some Norwegians, since Norway played a friendly match against SA recently. I understand Norwegian press had done their homework on his family history and background from Igesund in Haeroy, outside Aalesund.

    The settlers on the Galapagos also originated from the same area, as far as I know. But that was much later and for later research.
    Last edited by ombugge; February 3rd, 2013, 16:03.

    Re: Norwegian Immigration

    Oh Yes, the sunnmørings they pop up all over the world. You can never stop them, You know.....
    Regards; Sigve.


      Lately stories about Norwegian in the Solomon Islands has been featured in the Chit-Chat Zone, which reminded me of this thread about Norwegian Immigration.
      It is also timely to revive this since it appears that Norwegians has forgotten that they where once the source of migrants to many places in the world, not only USA, Canada, which everybody is familiar with. Most are proud of the fact that the Norwegian descendants there are still celebrating 17th of May, eating Lutefisk and making Lefse.

      It is largely ignored that it took a while before they integrated into the main stream American society.The first generation migrants settled in little Norwegian enclaves, with Norwegian churches, newspapers etc. and maintained their language and customs for quite a long time:
      Of cause migrants arriving in Norway now must learn to speak Norwegian and forget their customs to integrate a.s.a.p.

      Those early emigrants had the advantage that they could just grab land from whatever native population was there, without much consideration to how this may affect them.
      In some cases, if they protested, they were simply exterminated to ensure safety and well being of the newcomers. Not so for today's migrants to Europe.

      Norwegian migration to Australia has been quite successful, starting with the Archer family, (who were actually originally from Scotland) with some migration still ongoing.
      Here is a link to the a site about the subject:
      Nari; In the chapter about Norwegians in Queensland is a picture of Oscar Svensen
      I'll post about meeting a Norwegian migrant in a small town in Northern Territories back in the 1970s in another thread later.

      The fact that there were Norwegians settling on islands in the Pacific is probably less know, but go to Chit-Chat Zone for details on those who ended up in the Solomon Island.
      There are also descendants of Norwegians in the Cook Islands:

      In post #1 is a link to the history of the Norwegian settlers in Natal, South Africa so no need to repeat that.

      I also mentioned the largely failed attempt to colonize some of the uninhabited islands in the Galapagos:

      There were also attempts by Norwegians to set up colonies on Madagascar, in Tanganika and other places in Africa, but not all that successful.
      Individual Norwegians settled in various places in the Far East, but I know of no concerted effort to set up colonies, except the Danish/Norwegian colony of Trenkebar.

      The Norwegian involvement in early colonialism was as a part of the union with Denmark and was ended with the breakup of that union in 1814:

      Hope this is of interest to some here on CVF, members or guests.


      • nari
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        Thanks, ombugge for the links.

        The Norwegians seem to have settled very easily and successfully into Queensland in the past,
        no doubt the warm climate (with negligible cold days all year) and rich volcanic soil plus rain helped a lot.

        Yet they did not attempt other warm places with good soil such as other Pacific islands? Tahiti was out the question, most likely, along with the monarchy of Tonga, as were the then Gilbert and Ellice Islands, all atolls with no natural soil.
        Too many hostile indigenous in PNG, I suppose. and Vanuatu. Malaita in the Solomons was out of the question, along with some other islands, as they were still chomping on long pig in the 1930s.

      Here is one Norwegian Migrant that made it big:


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