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My first Christmas in Australia

by Eda Payne My first Christmas in Australia was spent in 1959 in Renmark, a South Australian town on the River Murray.  We erected a big marquee in the middle of a paddock.  The heat was intense, every fly in Australia had settled there and the food was spread out in abundance on the groaning … Continue reading

Ghosts of Irish Australia: Mary Kirwan

Ghosts of Irish Australia: Mary Kirwan

My name is Mary Kirwan, from Wexford, Ireland. Hello to my newly-found descendants in South Australia. I would never have guessed that tragedy in my daughter’s early married life would have resulted in my DNA ending up at the bottom of the world. Continue reading

Why Do You Write in Irish?

Why Do You Write in Irish?

The world seemed clear. The questions started later in life or when we went to the cities and were asked to convert and change our language to English, sometimes politely sometimes not so much. We got used to the requests, ‘can you please say that in English?’ or the statements ‘We speak English in here’ or ‘I’m afraid we don’t speak that language here’. Continue reading