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Irish Settlement In Victoria

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  • Patrick Carmody (c.1839 - c.1863)
  • nwkelly45 originally shared this on 15 Aug 2020
    Bridget Jane Kelly (1839 - 1923)
    "Bridget Jane Bell was born at Wicklow in Ireland in 1839. Her youngest child was five years old when her husband died in 1879. Bridget was 50 years old when she and four of her children immigrated to ...
  • Nrs. Sarah Jane Kelly (1867 - 1947)
    " Kelly, Sarah Jane, 1867-1947 Born in the sub-district of Cloonbur No. 1, at Oughterard in County Galway, Ireland on 29 March 1867. Sarah was aged 22 when she arrived in Australia on 6 October 1891 wi...
  • nwkelly45 originally shared this on 15 Aug 2020
    Robert Kelly (1868 - 1900)
    " Kelly, Robert Taylor, 1868-1900 Born in the sub-district of Cloonbur No. 1, at Oughterard in County Galway, Ireland on 17 May 1868. Robert seems to have immigrated to New Zealand in 1887, and then to...
  • Trevor Kelly
    Elizabeth Annie Mann (1863 - 1922)
    " Mann, Elizabeth Annie (née Kelly), 1864-1922 Born at Ashford Estate in Cong on the Mayo-Galway border in Ireland in 1864. Elizabeth and older brother Thomas departed London on 3 August 1880 on board ...

Irish Australians (Irish: Gael-Astrálaigh) are an ethnic group of Australian citizens of Irish descent, which include immigrants from and descendants whose ancestry originates from the island of Ireland. Irish Australians have played a considerable part in the history of Australia. They came to Australia from the late eighteenth century on as convicts or settlers, and contributed to Australia's development in many different areas. In the late 19th century about a third of the population in Australia was Irish.

Other than convicts, most of the laborers who voluntarily emigrated to Australia in the 19th century were drawn from the poorest sector of British and Irish society. After 1831, the Australian colonies employed a system of government assistance in which all or most immigration costs were paid for chosen immigrants, and the colonial authorities used these schemes to exercise some control over immigration. While these assisted schemes were biased against the poorest elements of society, the very poor could overcome these hurdles in several ways, such as relying on local assistance or help from relatives.

Most Irish emigrants to Australia were free settlers. The 1891 census of Australia counted 228,000 Irish-born. At the time the Irish made up about 27 percent of the immigrants from the British Isles. The number of "Ireland born" in Australia peaked in 1891. A decade later the number of Ireland-born had dropped to 184,035.

Over four thousand young female orphans from Irish workhouses were shipped to the Australian colonies at the time of the Great Famine (Ireland) (1848–50) to meet a demand for domestic servants.

Irish in Victoria came either directly, or in some cases from South Australia during the gold rush and droughts.

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