Mary Mc Connell entered the workhouse in Belfast in July 1847 as an orphan and a pauper.
The Holly Bough is one of those unique publications that deserves a heritage rating: indeed, it may already have one. Seventy years ago in Cork and Kerry, it was as much part of Christmas as Santa and the candles perilously lit in curtained windows. Stories, poems, puzzles, games, it kept us busy for days. …
Stories about women who made an indelible impression on their children are often preserved in family folklore handed down the generations, but memory of Margaret Cooke doesn’t appear to have survived in this way…
Anyone who has dabbled in researching Famine Orphan girls will recognise the vast amount of work and skill involved in this collection of histories.
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.
Named for the original builders, it is a public acknowledgement of the part played by the Irish in early Perth
Mary Ann McMaster came to Australia under the Earl Grey Scheme.
A great-great-grandson remembers an unapologetic rebel and determined reformer
It is easy today to forget the extreme ways that nineteenth-century British society divided along sectarian lines.
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.