Nature of event: Irish Great Famine & Orphan Girls’ Commemoration Day
Where: Burgoyne Reserve, The Strand, cnr Stevedore St, Williamstown
When: Sunday 22nd November 2015 @ 2.30 pm
Further information: Invitation to attend Famine Rock Commemoration Day Newsletter; IFO Invitation 2015;
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Irish Famine Orphan Heritage; Ph: (03) 9397 6619
His Excellency, the Irish Ambassador to Australia, the Honourable Noel White, will be the guest speaker at this year’s event.
Local historian and Williamstown Historical Society’s Museum Director, Mrs Ada Ackerly will also speak on ‘Those Feisty Girls’. Dr Val Noone is our MC. Acknowledgement of Country will also be part of the event.
Since 1998, secular tribute in sacred ceremony has been paid at Williamstown’s Standing Stone Famine Rock, to the Great Famine and those, once youthful, 1700 plus Great-grandmothers who sailed into Hobson’s Bay in the years from 1848 – 1850 on the Lady Kennaway, Pemberton, New Liverpool, Diadem, Derwent and Eliza Caroline.
There is a surprising wealth of local and world history, and narratives of how the struggles and displacement of these women pioneers, the refugees of their day, mirror life today.
Performers and musicians include ‘Cora and The Cropboys’: Felix Meagher, Cora Browne and Vince Brophy, Mary Kenneally, Kathleen Kiernan, and Jake Gallagher.
Debra Vaughan Irish Famine Orphan Heritage.