If you have Irish ancestry in Australia, there’s a good chance that at some point you’ve referred to an index of Irish Assisted Immigrants to New South Wales (NSW) 1848-1870, available in most family history libraries around Australia. I doubt I was alone in thinking, when I first used the index, that this was another … More Thoughts on “Farewell My Children” by Dr Richard Reid: Irish migration to Australia 1848-1870
One of Richard Reid’s comments during Shamrock was to the effect that family historians search for meaning and information on their ancestors among the documents held in various repositories but ignore the things or objects that may tell us more about their lives. In his paper presented to the 2009 Irish Conference, hosted by the Irish … More An Object-ive view of family history: It’s not just “stuff” or junk
Shamrock in the Bush 2011 has once again come and gone. This was the 19th Shamrock but while I have only been to three, the entire weekend has been as exciting and stimulating as in other years. One of the things I like most about Shamrock is the atmosphere of collegiality among all the … More Shamrock in the Bush 2011: a grand event to be sure!
Attendance at Shamrock in the Bush at Galong is a highly competitive affair. Irish family historians descend on St Clement’s Retreat and Conference House, the old homestead of former-convict-made-good, Ned Ryan, for three days of talks, music, historical delights and good old Irish craic or fun. Shamrock 2011 has been eagerly awaited by former attendees as co-organiser of Shamrock, … More All green for Galong: Shamrock in the Bush 2011