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'Fair Delinquents'?

Irish Famine Orphans of Colonial Bathurst and Beyond

Leonie Glynn Blair Perry McIntyre



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Eitherside Publications
16 October 2019
Over 2,200 teenage orphan girls volunteered to leave the workhouses of Ireland during the Great Irish Famine of 1845-1852, arriving in Sydney, New South Wales between 1848 and 1850. The book tells the stories of 185 Irish Famine orphan girls who settled in Bathurst, the first inland settlement of New South Wales. The girls braved the long sea voyage to become apprentice domestic servants, making a new life for themselves in a new country. New skills, newly earned wages, new opportunities for marriage and family, and a new life beckoned the girls as they set foot on the ships of the Earl Grey immigration scheme.
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Imprint:   Eitherside Publications
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 178mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   1.100kg
ISBN:   9780648667506
ISBN 10:   0648667502
Pages:   492
Publication Date:  
Audience:   Adult education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

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Review by Trevor McClaughlin in Tintean online magazine of the Australian Irish Heritage Network at

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