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From Clare to Van Diemen’s Land: Some forgotten Mothers of Tasmania
by Michael MacMahon


1. Lee, ‘The famine in History’ in Ó Gráda (ed.) Famine 150: Commemorative Lecture Series (Dublin 1997), p 159.

2. Edwards & Williams (eds.) The Great Famine (Dublin 1956), p 333.

3. Powell, ‘The workhouses of Ireland’, University Review 7 (1964), p 5.

4. Robins, The Lost Children, (Dublin 1980), p 179.

5. Kinealy, in Crawford (ed.) Famine: the Irish Experience, (Edinburgh 1989), p 160.

6. Robins, op. cit. p 220. The cancellation of the scheme was due to a multiple of factors, amongst them complaints about the unsuitability of some of the girls, especially for urban domestic service. From the beginning, too, certain sections of the colonial press showed a strong antipathy towards the whole notion of the use of colonial funds to support immigration from pauper institutions.

7. Guide to the immigration records (Archives Office of Tasmania), p 13

8. O’Mahony, ‘The poor law records of counties Clare, Limerick and Tipperary’, North Munster Antiquarian Journal, xxi (1979) (unpaginated supplement).

9. Robins, op. cit. pp 200-6.

10. Ibid.

11. Reid & Mongan, A decent set of girls (Yass, N.S. Wales 1996).

12. Immigration Board Records CB 7/11, Archives Offices, Tasmania.

13. Ibid.

14. Abstract from B.M. Richmond, ‘Some aspects of the history of transportation & immigration in Van Diemen’s land 1824-1855 (B.A. Hons. Thesis). I am grateful to Rolyn Eastley of the Archives Office, Tasmania for this and other references.

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