The seventh in Tinteán‘s Famine Orphan Girls Series by a descendant, Chrissy Fletcher. Elizabeth Sharkey is my grandmother’s grandmother, through an all-female line. I like to imagine this line as a fine gold thread coming from my heart and connecting me from mother to mother, spanning the oceans and the centuries back to a …
An attempt to piece together the history of the elusive Famine Orphan, Bridget Gallagher of Donegal.
Mary Mc Connell entered the workhouse in Belfast in July 1847 as an orphan and a pauper.
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.