Leonie Blair is a public historian and skilled genealogist. In the digital age and with professional skills as an academic research librarian, she discovered her Bathurst Irish convict and then her Irish Famine forbears. Her curiosity about the complex web of interactions and relationships among the Irish of Bathurst in the Central West of New South Wales has led to the development of 'Fair Delinquents'? Irish Famine Orphans of Colonial Bathurst and Beyond. She is based in Queensland, Australia. Dr Perry McIntyre is an academic historian, genealogist and archivist whose long-standing interests lie in immigration, particularly 19th century Irish. She is author of several books on this topic including Free Passage and Quarantined!, and with Elizabeth Rushen, Fair Game and The Merchant's Women. She has had a long association with Bathurst and the Central West. She is the current Chair of the Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee. She is based in Sydney, New South Wales.
Review by Trevor McClaughlin in Tintean online magazine of the Australian Irish Heritage Network at www.tintean.org.au/2019/12/07/book-review-bathurst-welcomes-the-irish-workhouse-orphans/