Ireland and the Irish Antipodes: one world or worlds apart?

Editors: Brad & Kathryn Patterson Published:Papers delivered at the 16th ISAANZ Conference, New Zealand, 9-12 July 2009 Published: 2010, pp.305

Out of print

Australia and New Zealand were significant destinations for the post-1800 waves of Irish leaving to make new lives overseas and the two countries have regularly been identified by scholars as appropriate ‘laboratories’ for studying the nature and impacts of Irish migration. These twenty-seven papers presented at the 16th Australasian Irish Studies Conference cover historical, literary and economic themes, ranging from aspects of early convict transportation to Australia, through Irish-Maori relations in New Zealand, to late twentieth-century economic interactions and Irish literature, theatre and music – both traditional and contemporary.

The Conference reviewed research undertaken both at the points of origin and destination, and posed new questions. Were the Irish communities in the Antipodes transplanted fragments of the homeland? How did they evolve, and to what extent was their evolution influenced by developments at home? Were there noticeable differences between the Australian and New Zealand Irish experiences? What is the relationship today between Ireland and its most far-flung diasporic communities? These issues and others are addressed in these papers.

Richard Reid, National Museum of Australia: Exhibiting the Irish: Creating the National Museum of Australia’s ‘Irish in Australia’ Exhibition
Dermot Keogh, University College, Cork: The Catholic Church and the Making of the Modern Irish State
Ewan Morris, New Zealand Law Commission: One Flag, Two Flags, No Flag, New Flag: Flags on Public Buildings in Northern Ireland
Jill Bender, Boston College: Irish Nationalism and Anti-British Agitation during the 1857 Indian Rebellion
Richard Boast, Victoria University of Wellington: Confiscation in New Zealand: Governments and their Critics and the Legacy of the Irish Confiscations in the Nineteenth Century
Jeff Kildea, University of New South Wales: Anzacs and Ireland: The Gallipoli Connection
Stephanie James, Flinders University: ‘The more things change…’: South Australian Fenians in 1868 and IRA Sympathisers in 1982
Patrick Coleman, Lincoln University: ‘Who wants to be a grandmaster?’: A Profile of the Grandmasters of the Loyal Orange Lodge of the Middle Island of New Zealand
Sean Brosnahan, Otago Settlers Museum: ‘Taking off the gloves’: Sectarianism in New Zealand Rugby in the 1920s
Christine Yeats, State Records Authority of NSW: Sources for Studying the Irish: Convict Records
Jennifer Harrison, University of Queensland: ‘A most useful mode of punishment’: The Irish Hulks, 1822-1837
Liz Rushen, Monash University: An accession of valuable and useful settlers: The Dublin Mendicity Society and female emigration
Kevin Molloy, State Library of Victoria: The Politics of Reading: Identity and the Australasian Irish Reading Experience, 1800-1900
Val Noone, University of Melbourne: ‘Our Gaelic column’, Melbourne, 1901-1912
Sue Reynolds, RMIT University, Melbourne: The Influence of the Libraries of King’s Inns and Trinity College on the Library of the Supreme Court of Victoria: ‘Continuities… discontinuities… original contributions’
Graham Aubrey, Australian Institute of Celtic Studies: Traditional Irish Music from 1790 to 1920, as a Social Expression within Ireland and Abroad
Hugh Laracy, University of Auckland: St. Patrick on Bougainville (PNG)
Peter Kuch, University of Otago: Irishness, the Australian Colonial Theatre and the Public Sphere
Richard Corballis, Massey University: ‘Kia ora begorrah!’ or ‘The Go-Between’
Frances Devlin-Glass, Deakin University: Jocoserious Fathers: Burlesque and the Representation of Paternity and the Law of the Father in Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’
Perry McIntyre, St. John’s College, University of Sydney: History of the ‘great unwashed’?: Family History, its Brickbats and Bouquets
Shirley Arabin, Mount Maunganui: The Incorrigible Mrs Rice
Edmund Bohan, Christchurch: The Very Model of a Fighting Irishman: Colonel James De Renzie Brett, 1808-1889
Nigel Murphy, Waitangi Tribunal: ‘Where is home for Cromwell’s men?’: Unravelling the Anglo-Irish Story in Ireland and New Zealand
Ann Elder, Waiheke Island: ‘Fragrance on the wind’: Southern Irish Heritage of Antipodean Tirnanog
Michael O’Brien, Upper Hutt: Family Pioneering in a New World: The O’Briens in Waimate
Karen Hansen, Kapiti Coast: New Zealand Irish Voices: Stories from Irish Migrants and their Descendants

Peter Gray, Perry McIntyre, Elizabeth Malcolm and Brad Patterson at Queen’s University Belfast