With the passage of time Irish Catholics eventually did become part of the fabric of Australian society. With the coming of each generation, they moved along and some of them, up the social scale. But their ascent was neither rapid nor easy.
McKinty’s The Island is a page-turner, and often quite chilling and surprising in the turns it takes.
A book about an Irish hermit and priest who spent 47 years in the West Australian desert and opened cross-cultural religious dialogue with indigenous Australians.
Irish Australians varied enormously in their attitudes towards Indigneous Australians from friendship to violent dispossession.
… So it is a book about division. But I think it is also one about integration …
His light touch reflects his playful approach to a range of topics.
Actions by the ‘Whiteboys’ led Garrett Cotter into trouble and it was really only luck that found him on a convict ship bound for the colonies instead of the gallows
Plunkett’s appointment to this senior judicial post in the colony was the first appointment of a Catholic to a significant position of legal authority.
Malarndirri became immersed in the Yanyuwa/Garawa culture that was her birthright
The Aboriginal languages of Australia are infinitely older than either Irish or English