From Chicago to Cape Town, Wisconsin to Western Australia, the last 200 years have seen Manx pioneers leave their homeland to start new lives around the globe. For a small island, the extent of the travels of the Manx – and their impact on the places where they settled – is remarkable.
It’s a story of colourful characters and incredible adventures. But one thing remained constant – where the Manx settled, they retained their sense of community and gathered together to form societies.
In a bid to unearth why these Manx adventures were so proud of their roots, John Quirk travelled across the US, through the Middle East and South Africa and Down Under, to Australia and New Zealand. The Manx Connection is the story of his travels.