I have never smuggled anything over borders before or since and I was extremely nervous, but our car was not searched on the way over. The return trip was a different matter.
Nobody wanted to know convicts in early British settlement of Australia and now family historians are eager to find a connection to a convict in their family tree. How times have changed.
Part of my approach to life as an activist has come from my Irish heritage. Growing up, Lizzie O’Shea’s parents always encouraged her to think about issues from the perspective of the powerless.
In the colony, Irish lawyers would function like English lawyers. The playing field was levelled because even Englishmenhad to adjust, on the job, to frontier conditions.
The role of Irish lawyers in colonial Australia has received regular attention over the years
but has not achieved much clarity.