‘Bendigo And District–The Irish Contribution’

Dr Henry Backhaus-Goldfields Shepherd

Dr Henry Backhaus-Goldfields Shepherd

Nature of event: ‘Bendigo & District–The Irish Contribution’  to be launched by John Collard, (who is the Co-chairman with Dr Richard Reid of the Friends of Ireland in Canberra) and the Celtic Club’s Cultural Heritage Committee

Where: The Celtic Club 
316-320 Queen Street, Melbourne, Vic 3000 

When: Saturday 28th March 2pm -4.30pm

Cost: Free entry

Further information: Phillip Moore – Chair/Cultural Heritage Committee Ph. 9850 4468; E:phillmoore@optusnet.com.au; Cultural Heritage Committee Calendar 2015 or Helen @Celtic Club – 9670 6472; The Celtic Club

Bendigo and district have a powerful and dynamic history which is very much part of Australian history. Its stories of gold discovery, massive immigration, life on the goldfields, protest and monster meetings, a stand for democracy, and rural pioneering settlement is well known. From the early gold digging and pioneering days, Bendigo, with its industrious and creative people has developed into one of Australia’s great provincial cities and regional centres. The contribution to the social, cultural and industrial development of this region by people of Irish background has been significant

  • The presentation will include: An overview and pictorial presentation on the big screen of the Irish contribution to Bendigo – by Phillip Moore;
  • A Book Launch – by co-authors John Collard and Tony O’Grady of: County Clare, Axedale And Beyond – An Irish Clan Downunder’

 This work follows the fortunes of 5 Irish siblings who emigrated to Bendigo and then Axedale in the 1850’s and explores the lives of their many descendants through to the present time. Family names include: McNamara, Slattery, Doherty, O’Grady etc.

Themes include Emigration, Australian Culture, History, Politics, Our Wars, Catholicism and Contemporary Australia

For the interested traveller, this session On ‘Bendigo Through Irish Eyes’  will be followed by a tour to Bendigo and District.

See Cultural Heritage Committee Calendar 2015 for further information about the Committee.