An attempt to piece together the history of the elusive Famine Orphan, Bridget Gallagher of Donegal.
Mary Ann McMaster came to Australia under the Earl Grey Scheme.
A great-great-grandson remembers an unapologetic rebel and determined reformer
Catherine Fitzpatrick, a convict’s wife, conductor of the first choir of an infant colony.
On 18th October 1831 Bridget Watson arrived in Hobart on the Mary III with her three surviving children …
There are two significant memorials erected in Sydney in response to major events in Irish history: the 1798 Memorial at Waverley Cemetery built at the time of the centenary of the ’98 uprising, and the Australia Memorial to the Great Irish Famine unveiled in 1999.
1852 brought forth a remarkably vindictive climax to Irish Orphan vilification
I remember my own mother telling me about my grandmother’s uncle who also lived at the Marsh. It happened that TB took his children and wife. Day after day he would bury a child. He would come home from a funeral only for another to die. It’s not surprising that Nana wasn’t happy to talk about those times.
The Clan Chieftain is visiting Australia for the event.
To find a convict ancestor is no longer a matter of shame but can be cause for reflection and indeed celebration.