Mary Ann McMaster came to Australia under the Earl Grey Scheme.
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.
That Trench was one of those responsible for the Famine exodus cannot be entirely excused by the fact that his motives were good, and that he felt this was a better solution than the humiliation of the workhouse and the cruelty of road-making.
International Famine Commemoration to be held in Williamstown.
a useful resource for anyone interested in this aspect of Irish-Australian history.
To find a convict ancestor is no longer a matter of shame but can be cause for reflection and indeed celebration.
Rosanna Flemming, an Irish Famine Orphan, had serious medical and psychological issues. It is not known what triggered them. We know that she lost at least two children in infancy, but perhaps her earlier experiences in Ireland played a part….
How did an anti-Mason Protestant Abolitionist, temperance advocate and vegetarian from Vermont (USA) become a first hand witness of the Great Famine and a practical advocate for famine relief?
Thousands of Irish left the country in ships carrying with them all they owned, including the Irish language
It’s a memory I’ll hold forever, it’s made me take an interest in our history.