Those interested in Famine Girls who came to Australia in the mid-nineteenth century will be grateful for the indefatigable Trevor McClaughlin’s Index to his Blog on Earl Grey’s Famine orphan ‘girls’ from Irish workhouses which he started more than three years ago. It is information rich.
Nowadays there is a lively interest in these young Irish women among people from all walks of life, among playwrights, authors,historians, researchers, local history societies in Ireland and Australia, and especially among their descendants. The President of Ireland, affectionately known as “Michael D.”, even referred to the ‘girls’ on his recent visit to Australia.
The blog, still in an unfinished state, he hopes will prove a useful resource for anyone interested in this aspect of Irish-Australian history.