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.
Rosanna was typical of the Irish famine orphans. McClaughlin’s research shows that on average they married at 19 years, most to older men within three years of landing, and had nine children
To find a convict ancestor is no longer a matter of shame but can be cause for reflection and indeed celebration.
A FEATURE by TREVOR McCLAUGHLIN Reiterating some challenges to readers/researchers in his latest powerful blog. This blog is based on a talk to the International Irish Famine commemoration in Sydney in 2013. An edited version was published in Tinteán and the challenges frustratingly still remain. It is reproduced here with permission of the author in the hopes of inspiring …
Famine Rock Celebration