Colonial Duchesses
The Migration of Irish Women to New South Wales before the Great Famine


In just two years, 750 young Irish women sailed from Cork to Sydney on the Duchess of Northumberland in 1834 and in 1836 and on the James Pattison in 1835. For the women who took the courageous decision to emigrate, the pain of leaving Ireland was mixed with the excitement of forging a new life in the colony of New South Wales. This book examines the backgrounds and lives of these young women whose experiences are representative of countless single women who migrated to Australia during the nineteenth century. This book adds to the scholarship of Irish-Australian inter-relationships.

About the author:

Liz currently works as a Senior Research Associate at the National Centre for Australia Studies at Monash University and regularly speaks at conferences and to community groups and in 2004 co-hosted a weekly history segment on Melbourne radio ABC 774. Liz has published widely in the field of business communications, as well as a social history of Bishopscourt (2013) and many books on immigration history. Her PhD (Monash University 1999) was published as Single & Free: female migration to Australia 1833-1837 (2003, second edition 2011) and her most recent book is Colonial Duchesses: The migration of Irish women to NSW before the Great Famine (2014).

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