Posted in September 2017


Rosanna Flemming, an Irish Famine Orphan, had serious medical and psychological issues. It is not known what triggered them. We know that she lost at least two children in infancy, but perhaps her earlier experiences in Ireland played a part…. Continue reading

Playing with the Cats

Tadhg Kennelly’s job is to find young Irish lads who are likely to make it in the highly competitive world of Australian Rules football. Mark O’Connor is one such. Continue reading

John Clarke and his grandparents

Written on hearing of the sudden death of John Clarke, April 2017 By Val Noone Like many, many people, I am terribly sad to hear the shocking news of the death of our wonderful friend John Clarke. Our sympathies go to his wife Helen and their family. John will be missed by Australians and New … Continue reading

Mystic and Revolutionary

The strange phenomenon that was Joseph Mary Plunkett – invalid, bohemian, fey man of letters, theatrical spy, bookish military strategist, unrequited lover, very public lover, and ultimately executed revolutionary. Continue reading

Santamaria and the Movement

The central theme of The Show appears to be an attempt to demonstrate some sort of moral (or amoral) equivalence between the Communist Party and the work of those who opposed Communism through the Movement/NCC. Continue reading

Remembering Transported Females

Tasmanian artist Christina Henri’s Roses from the Heart Memorial focuses on the 25,566 women and children sentenced to transportation to Australia up to 1853. By Christina Henri In 2003 I took units in ‘Historical Landscape’ as part of a Fine Arts degree at the University of Tasmania, a subject that included visiting the Cascades Female … Continue reading