Stories about women who made an indelible impression on their children are often preserved in family folklore handed down the generations, but memory of Margaret Cooke doesn’t appear to have survived in this way…
Anyone who has dabbled in researching Famine Orphan girls will recognise the vast amount of work and skill involved in this collection of histories.
Mary Ann McMaster came to Australia under the Earl Grey Scheme.
1852 brought forth a remarkably vindictive climax to Irish Orphan vilification
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….
It’s a memory I’ll hold forever, it’s made me take an interest in our history.
The aim, once they have collated all the descendants, is to reconnect them with their ancestors in Ireland.
His Excellency, the Irish Ambassador to Australia, the Honourable Noel White, will be the guest speaker at this year’s event.
I found the common reaction was one of a deep and sincere appreciation of the civility and gravity of the prevailing atmosphere of this gathering.
The monument was inspired by the arrival in Australia of over 4,000 single young women, most of whom were teenaged orphans.