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    Early Irish Emigrants to Australia

    Early Irish Emigrants to Australia

    Our long history of migration to Australia began in 1788 when the first convict ships landed in Botany Bay. 25,000 Irish men and women arrived as convicts but others went voluntarily, like the 4,000 workhouse girls who left between 1848 and 1850 under the Earl Grey Scheme. Men out numbered women by 8 to one in Australia at that time – so many of these girls were basically a 19th century version of mail order brides. Historian, Dr. Gerard Moran, of NUI Maynooth spoke to Susan Dennehy about the Orphan Emigrant Scheme. In the bleakest of settings, they joined the ...


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