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.
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.