Life was not easy for Jane and Bridget, two of at least fifty famine orphan girls who were gaoled in NSW from the 1850s to 1900.
Famine Orphan Girls memorial at Williamstown – 21 years on.
A great-great-grandson remembers an unapologetic rebel and determined reformer
He was a monk in a scriptorium
when, tongue out in concentration,
he applied himself to decorative capitals:
Waugh’s brief is not to debate the merits of the current Australian education system but to highlight the significant influence of the Irish National Schools system in colonial times in paving the way for the provision of public education in Australia.
The European Union seems to be constantly in crisis
A symposium to explore the nature of Irish-Australian literature
2019 Eureka’s Children Annual Eureka Democracy Award Dinner.
In the eyes of Imperial social engineers, the Famine orphans were young marriageable women who would bring a stabilizing influence to a rough masculine colonial society.
Rosanna was typical of the Irish famine orphans. McClaughlin’s research shows that on average they married at 19 years, most to older men within three years of landing, and had nine children