The Irish Vanguard: Stories of the first Irish convicts transported to NSW

Event Information

When
  • 7 Jul 2010 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Where
  • Botany Bay Family History Society, 123 Flora St Sutherland
  • Sydney
  • New South Wales
Other Information
  • Cost: Free to BBFHS members
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The Irish Vanguard: Stories of the first Irish convicts transported to NSW

The 1790s saw 912 Irish men and women 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 20 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.

Barbara’s editor, Cassie Mercer, will speak about some of the fascinating stories they’ve uncovered, the research process, and challenges they’ve encountered along the way. Learn about early rebels, horse thieves, bride thieves, vagabonds, swindlers and petty crooks, and hear how they tried to forge a new life in the colony.

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