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When Poland was nowhere…

Centenary of Poland’s Regained Independence 1918 - 2018

Commemorative Linwood Cemetery Walk

You can do this walk when it suits you.  Just print the pdf file (for best result print on A3, double sided) and fold into an A6 pocket map.  For more information about these, and other Polish settlers, please refer to the sources named in the map. 

2018 marked the hundredth anniversary of Poland’s regained independence, one of the most important dates in the long and complex history of Poland. From 1795, throughout the next century, and until 1918 Poland found herself divided among Austria, Prussia, and Russia, and deprived of independent statehood. Poles were subject to a series of measures aimed against them, against their language and their culture, which were replaced by incremental enforcement of the language and culture of the controlling states.

The loss of Poland’s independence led to a large wave of emigration from Poland in search of freedom and a better life. Among the countries that accepted Polish migrants was New Zealand, where a small number of Polish Jews started arriving in the 1850’s and 60’s, followed by a larger group of migrants from the Prussian zone arriving from 1872 onwards. Many of them were laid to rest at Linwood Cemetery. The walk takes you to the areas of the Linwood Cemetery which are linked to the history of early Polish settlement in Canterbury.