Irish emigration to Australia

This conference was of interest to any family historians keen to learn more about Irish emigration to Australia since the late 18th century.

A decent set of girls

The emigration of Irish workhouse orphans to Australia, 1848-1850 by Dr. Perry McIntyre.

During the Great Famine more than 4,100 young Irish women volunteered to emigrate from workhouses all over Ireland to the colonies of New South Wales and South Australia.  Many were from the north of Ireland and, indeed, the most notorious of the orphan ships, the Earl Grey in 1848, took girls to Sydney from Belfast, Dungannon, Armagh, Antrim and Banbridge workhouses.  Australia’s national Famine Memorial in Sydney commemorates the story of the Famine orphans and this presentation will outline current research on this major emigration story

Ned Kelly and all that

The story of the Irish in Australia, 1788-the present by Dr. Richard Reid

The Irish who went to Australia are among the best documented emigrants in the world and they are the only ones so far to have had a major exhibition in a national museum – the National Museum of Australia – to tell their story.  Records brought from Ireland for this exhibition range from a colonial governor’s day uniform to the magnificent gold cup presented to the 1848 rebel leader William Smith O’Brien by his countrymen in the colony of Victoria.

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