Friday, 22 May 2015



When: Saturday, 13 June 2015 - 9.00 am to 12.30 pm

Where: Queensland Baptists Conference Centre, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne

Cost: $15.00 members and $20 non-members (includes morning tea)

Ireland to Australia: Researching your Irish ancestors

Presenter/s: Dr Richard Reid and Mary King

Ireland to Australia: Researching your Irish ancestors
Mary King was born and educated in Queensland. Using her Bachelor of Education degree, she spent her working life teaching in Queensland schools. Most of Mary's ancestors who came to Australia were Irish, which has enabled her gain practical knowledge and experience while researching her Irish ancestors and helping others as Convenor of the QFHS Irish Interest Group since 2003.
Learning to think Irish in a new way: This presentation will assist, in a practical and knowledgeable way, with Irish research in current times. It will show how Irish research has changed and how to use these changes to dispel the myth that Irish research is too difficult to undertake.
ReidDr Richard Reid born in Ireland and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, came to Australia in 1972. He obtained a Ph.D. on the topic of Irish assisted emigration to NSW, 1848-1870. 
 He has published a number of books including Farewell My Children: Irish Assisted Emigration to Australia, 1848-1870 and A decent set of girls: The Irish Famine Orphans of the Thomas Arbuthnot, 1849-1850. Read more...

The great tide of emigration: 19th century Irish emigration to Australia. ‘The great tide of emigration’ was how one newspaper described the vast numbers of Irish emigrants leaving Ireland, bound for North America, yet proportionally Australian received more Irish immigrants making this the most Irish country outside Ireland. This presentation will provide some answers as to how this happened and suggest how family historians might investigate the journey of their Irish forebears.
There is no person starving here: Australia and the Great Famine in Ireland, 1845-1850 The Great Famine in Ireland, 1845-50, is one of the few events in Irish history that most Australians with Irish forebears have heard of. They may think that their own ancestors were in some way affected by this catastrophe. What happened during the Famine and how did it impact on Australia?


  1. Wish could be there. Sounds good.

    1. It does, doesn't it, Jill... unfortunately, I can't be there either, but maybe my friend, Mary, might share her notes with me post event.


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