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What brought 18 year old Frances Tiernan before the Magistrate’s court?
Mrs Kennedy, her employer, claimed Frances had been “impudent in the extreme”. She would not stand at the wash tub unless she was allowed to wear her patent leather shoes. She would get married and become her own mistress.
Under the Earl Grey immigration scheme 1848-1850, 4114 teenage girls came from the Irish Poor Law workhouses during the Great Irish Famine. But why were they in the workhouses in the first place? How were the ‘best’ girls chosen and by whom? What sort of a reception did they get in the colonies? Frances was one of 200 girls whose feet touched the ground of that remote inland town of Bathurst. Why Bathurst? What did Bathurst have to offer? Did they stay there? If not, where did they end up?
Dr Perry McIntyre and Leonie Blair will present their findings and some research challenges of a local study of the Irish Orphans in colonial Bathurst and the Central West of New South Wales.
Skill level: All
Presenters: Leonie Blair & Dr Perry McIntyre AM
This session will be recorded so you can attend live or watch the recording later.
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