Farewell My Children: Irish Assisted Emigration to Australia 1848-1870

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 276 pages
Author: R. Reid
Year: 2011
ISBN: 9780980335477
Other: colour & b&w photos, bibliog, index
Publisher: Anchor Books Australia

During the 19th century Ireland became a land of emigrants, many of them for Britain's Australian colonies. To reach that distant passage which by the standards of the time was a well organised journey in ships supervised by Surgeon-Superintendents, Matrons, Sub-Matrons, Schoolmasters and Water Closet Constables.

'Farewell My Children'tells the story of these emigrants as they left their Irish homes between 1848 and 1870 to sail to Sydney, a journey mirrored by those who left for Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart or Moreton Bay (Brisbane). Who were these emigrants, what propelled them out of Ireland and what were their first experiences of Australia as they battled for employment?

Orphan girls fled the destitution and disease of Irish workhouses during the Great Famine; hundreds left the impoverished parishes of north-west Donegal; families sponsored other family members in chains of migrant stretching back to counties Clare, Tipperary, Tyrone and Fermanagh; and family members joined convicts who formed the basis of that large component of colonial society that thought of themselves not as 'British' but as the forerunners of somewhere called 'Australia'.

1. 'He wrote to a friend of his to speak to the Head Commissioners about us': obtaining an assisted passage to NSW 1848-1870
2. 'Farewell, farewell, farewell my children': the journey of Irish assisted emigrants to Sydney
3. 'At no point is more regard paid to the immigrants' welfare': arrival and dispersal at Sydney
4. The general characteristics of Irish assisted emigrants to Sydney
5. 'I met with Adam Chidle': emigration from Clonoulty, Country Tipperary to NSW
6. 'The removal of mendacity from one soil to another': destitute Irish who received an assisted passage
7. 'Who will no give his mite in so good, so holy, so blessed a cause?': the Donegal Relief Committee
8. 'Fair isle of the west - land of affection and endearing family ties': the NSW Remittance Regulations and Irish emigration

1 Review
  • A great read, a very different way to look at Irish immigration to Australia.

    Posted by John McGhie on 5th Jan 2019

    The book was a very interesting read, especially with the references to the counties, Clare, Tipperary and Kilkenny , where I have ancestors who migrated in the period covered.

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