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Melbourne Irish Studies Seminar

Online Melbourne Irish Studies Seminar Series –

ONLINE 6.30pm Australian Eastern Time 10 May 2022

Speaker: Dr Jennifer McLaren: ‘This vile place.’

An Irish family in Trinidad in the Revolutionary AtlanticThis paper traces the Caribbean lives of Ulsterman John Black and his daughter Adele, 1771-1840. Black left Belfast after the Seven Years War to establish a Caribbean node in his family’s Atlantic network. He became enmeshed in transatlantic slavery in Grenada and Trinidad as a slave trader, planter and colonial administrator. His daughter Adele was born in Spanish Trinidad and spent most of her childhood in Belfast, before returning to the Caribbean to raise a family with her Irish husband. Both yearned for a return to Ireland but lived out their lives in Trinidad. Father and daughter illuminate the ways of being Irish in a dysfunctional, crisis-ridden slave society, with the complexities and challenges that entailed.BiographyJennifer McLaren was awarded a PhD from Macquarie University (2018) on Irish Caribbean connections during the Revolutionary Era. She is currently writing a monograph based on her thesis, with support from the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a Huntington Library fellowship. Her most recent publication is a chapter in Ireland’s Imperial Connections, 1775-1947 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) that profiles Dr John Crawford, an early Irish humanitarian in Barbados and Demerara.This online seminar will be held via zoom

The zoom room will be open from 6.20 to allow everyone to get the technology sorted. Please put your microphone on mute for the duration of the talk. We will be taking questions via the chat function so you can type in your question anytime and the facilitator will ask the speaker the questions at the end of the talk. We will also be recording the talk and all going well will be posting it to the ISAANZ website.

The link is available on application by email.

MISS co-convenors: 
Philip Bull (La Trobe University)
Frances Devlin-Glass (Deakin University)
Dianne Hall (Victoria University) 
Ronan McDonald, (University of Melbourne)Elizabeth Malcolm (University of Melbourne)

Our website is 
https://isaanz.org/irish-studies-association-of-australia-and-new-zealand/events/miss-seminars/

Documenting Recent Migrants from Ireland

The State Library of Victoria is interested in the Irish migrant experience, particularly in the post-war period and after, relating to single male and female migrants, married couples, and family groups who came directly from Ireland, Northern Ireland, or on-migrated from the UK or other countries to Australia.   

Kevin Molloy, Principal Librarian, Australian and Victorian Collections,  explains:

‘We are very keen to have the Irish experience documented in our collections for the future. This includes the experiences of migrants who are still with us and of course families whose parents came as migrants. 

The sort of things that would be of interest includes: 

  • correspondence to-and-from-home, or even cassette tapes of conversations that individuals and families sent to each other 
  • photographs relating to where individuals came from in Ireland, where they might have lived and worked in Ireland or the UK or other places. We are particularly interested in family albums  
  • the migration experience itself, including documents and ephemera, for example, tickets, boarding passes, menus, all that incidental documentation that people might have collected in their travels and settling.  
  • Plus anything related to how the Irish settled in Australia – photographs or documents relating to the societies they belonged to, events they participated in, including sport, cultural and political events.  

We are also interested in stories of migrants who may have returned to Ireland, the UK, or on -migrated to the USA or New Zealand after working in Australia for a number of years.’

Email: kmolloy@slv.vic.gov.au 

Phone: 03 8664 7220  

There is also a collection offers page where people can contact the Library directly with a collection offer. This then gets forwarded to my team: 

https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/collection-offers

Zelensky at the Dáil

When he addressed the European Parliament, Ukrainian president Vlodomir Zelensky said Germany and France could do more to help. He went on to say, ‘Luxembourg, we understand each other. Cyprus, I really believe you are with us.’ His comment about Ireland was, ‘well, almost.’

When he spoke to the two Houses of the Oireachtas by videolink in early April, he compared Ireland’s experiences of occupation and famine with what his country is going through right now.

Ireland has accepted Ukrainian 20,000 refugees from the war.

Melbourne Irish Studies Seminar

Online Melbourne Irish Studies Seminar Series –

ONLINE 6.30pm Australian Eastern Time 10 May 2022

Speaker: Dr Jennifer McLaren: ‘This vile place.’

An Irish family in Trinidad in the Revolutionary AtlanticThis paper traces the Caribbean lives of Ulsterman John Black and his daughter Adele, 1771-1840. Black left Belfast after the Seven Years War to establish a Caribbean node in his family’s Atlantic network. He became enmeshed in transatlantic slavery in Grenada and Trinidad as a slave trader, planter and colonial administrator. His daughter Adele was born in Spanish Trinidad and spent most of her childhood in Belfast, before returning to the Caribbean to raise a family with her Irish husband. Both yearned for a return to Ireland but lived out their lives in Trinidad. Father and daughter illuminate the ways of being Irish in a dysfunctional, crisis-ridden slave society, with the complexities and challenges that entailed.BiographyJennifer McLaren was awarded a PhD from Macquarie University (2018) on Irish Caribbean connections during the Revolutionary Era. She is currently writing a monograph based on her thesis, with support from the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a Huntington Library fellowship. Her most recent publication is a chapter in Ireland’s Imperial Connections, 1775-1947 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) that profiles Dr John Crawford, an early Irish humanitarian in Barbados and Demerara.This online seminar will be held via zoom

The zoom room will be open from 6.20 to allow everyone to get the technology sorted. Please put your microphone on mute for the duration of the talk. We will be taking questions via the chat function so you can type in your question anytime and the facilitator will ask the speaker the questions at the end of the talk. We will also be recording the talk and all going well will be posting it to the ISAANZ website.

The link is available on application by email.

MISS co-convenors: 
Philip Bull (La Trobe University)
Frances Devlin-Glass (Deakin University)
Dianne Hall (Victoria University) 
Ronan McDonald, (University of Melbourne)Elizabeth Malcolm (University of Melbourne)

Our website is 
https://isaanz.org/irish-studies-association-of-australia-and-new-zealand/events/miss-seminars/



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