Event The Irish Vanguard: Researching the first Irish transported to Sydney
Presented by Barbara Hall and Cassie Mercer
Where Vonnie Young Auditorium, Level One, Bowen Library, 669 Anzac Pde, Maroubra, 2035
When Saturday, February 20, 2010
How to book Contact the Randwick & District Historical Society
During the 1790s close to 1000 Irish were sentenced to transportation to Botany Bay. At a time of great political and social upheaval in Ireland, the authorities were convinced these unwanted citizens would be better off out of sight, out of mind. Barbara Hall has spent the past 15 years researching their stories, from their convictions in Ireland, to the lives they carved out in the penal settlement and the contributions they made to early Sydney society.
An author of five books that cover these transportees, Barbara, and her editor, Cassie Mercer, will talk about the research process, challenges they’ve encountered along the way, and some of the fascinating stories they’ve uncovered on those very first Irish in Australia.