Irish Famine Memorial, Sydney

This memorial was inspired by the arrival in Australia of over 4,000 single young women, most of whom were orphans. They arrived under a special emigration scheme (Earl Grey Scheme) designed to resettle destitute girls from the workhouses of Ireland during the Great Famine. This site also commemorates all who left their homes in Ireland seeking a new life in Australia. Online Resources include the Famine Orphan Girl database, a Ships database which includes shipping lists for the 20 ships that brought orphan girls to Australia 1848-1850. There is also a list of the 400+ names on the monument.

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