This article from CathNews is about the young women who traveled from Ireland to Australia during the famine in Ireland. They were basically headed for new lives in Australia, and they all successfully took roots in their new home land. It is great to hear about their relatives and fellow Irish Australians remembering what they went through back then.
“About 300 people attended the 11th annual commemoration on Sunday for Irish Orphan Girls who arrived here in the mid-1800s, at the Irish Famine Memorial at Sydney’s Hyde Park barracks.
Between 1848 and 1850, about 4000 young women, some no more than 14 years old, sailed from Ireland on an emigration plan to provide domestic labour in Sydney, Adelaide, Moreton Bay and Port Phillip, reports The Catholic Weekly.
They were victims of the Irish famine and were given the opportunity to make a new life in Australia. Their descendants, Irish and Irish Australians have gathered at the memorial to honour their memory.
Tom Power, chair of the Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee, said he was pleased with the big turnout for the occasion.
The guest speaker at the event was Irish novelist Evelyn Conion. Her current novel Records on Globe Street comments on the human and personal dimensions concerned with the loss and dislocation of the orphan girls.” – “Irish Orphan Girl Immigrants Remembered”, CathNews