Mary Ann McMaster came to Australia under the Earl Grey Scheme.
In the eyes of Imperial social engineers, the Famine orphans were young marriageable women who would bring a stabilizing influence to a rough masculine colonial society.
1852 brought forth a remarkably vindictive climax to Irish Orphan vilification
Mary and Catherine Cunningham, along with the other Workhouse girls from Mountbellew, did not deserve to be forgotten.
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….
The aim, once they have collated all the descendants, is to reconnect them with their ancestors in Ireland.
Ambassador Breandán took an inclusive and humanist approach, linking the sufferings of the victims of the Irish Famine with those of people displaced today.
Arrival of Irish Famine Orphan Girls in Melbourne
It is inspirational!