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The Great Irish Famine 1845-1848

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The Great Irish Famine 1845-1848

The Irish Diaspora throughout the whole of the 19th Century saw an exodus of people to all corners of the world especially to the colonies and former colonies governed by the British, such as Canada, United States and Australia. The majority of those who left Ireland during that period for Australia, left in the main,because of the dreadful circumstances existing at that time.

The rebellion of 1798 saw many Irish men transported as common criminals to the penal colony of New Holland. Minor famines contributed to numbers leaving over the next forty years, but these numbers were small in comparison to the numbers who left Irish shores during the Great Famine (1845-1850) and its aftermath.

Post famine Irish immigration to Australia was very significant with some writers claiming that over 30,000 single Irish women alone arrived over a fifteen-year period between 1848 and 1863. In a male dominated society, these numbers would have altered the demographics of Australia in a very significant way. It is also claimed in many quarters, that 30% of its present population have some Irish blood in their veins.

Given names Surname Sosa Birth Place Death Age Place Last change
Mary Ann DUDDY
December 26, 1832187Clondoyle, County Galway, Ireland10November 11, 187014937Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia
between 1834 and 1836186County Carlow, Ireland10August 21, 188013946Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia