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Colonial Duchesses: The Migration of Irish women to New South Wales before the Great Famine

by Elizabeth Rushen

 

In just two years, 750 young Irish women sailed from Cork to Sydney on the Duchess of Northumberland in 1834 and again in 1836 the James Pattison in 1835. For the women who took the courageous decision to emigrate, the pain of leaving Ireland was mixed with the excitement of forging a new life in the colony of New South Wales. This book examines the backgrounds and lives of these young women whose experiences are representative of countless single women who migrated to Australia during the nineteenth century. This book adds to the scholarship of Irish-Australian inter-relationships.

After receiving her doctorate from Monash University in 1999, Liz Rushen was the Executive Director of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. She is on the Board of the History Council of Victoria and an Adjunct Research Associate in the School of Historical Studies at Monash University. She has researched and written extensively on single female migration to Australia.

 

ISBN: 9780992467104

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Single & Free: female migration to Australia, 1833-1837

Updated Edition April 2011

by Elizabeth Rushen

 

Single & Free is about the scheme administered by the London Emigration Committee to assist free women to migrate to Australia from Great Britain and IreIand. In the 1830s, approximately 3,000 women took advantage of this scheme, representing an enormous influx to the population of the two eastern colonies of Australia.

The book analyses the women's motivations and life-experiences, challenging contemporary criticisms that  they were the 'sweepings of the gutters'. Many women migrated in family groups, or were joining family and friends in the colonies. They came from a wide cross-section of nineteenth-century society. They were bold and enterprising, and made ideal workers and wives in the new colonies.

Single & Free provides life histories of many of the women who took part in this scheme and provides an  index of all the women and their ship of arrival.

 

ISBN: 978-0-9803354-6-0

RRP: $39.95
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