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  • Letters from Irish Australia 1825-1929
  • Dewey Decimal Number: 305.89162094 OFAR
  • No. of Copies: 2
  • Author: Patrick O'Farrell
  • Publisher: Ulster Historical Foundation
  • Publication Date: 1984
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  • Publisher City: Belfast
  • No. of Pages: 244
  • ISBN: 9780901905321
  • Format: Paperback
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Reading other people’s mail, as this book enables the reader to do – with sensitive and incisive commentary and linkage designed to focus and illuminate the material – is to enter the Irish migrant experience with an intimacy whose intensity is particularly human and moving. These letters, ranging from those of convicts writing to their wives in the 1820s, through accounts of the voyage out, and pioneering life in mid-century, through love letters, to stories of success and failure to master the land, to the remarkable family saga (1883–1929) which ends the book, brings their writers alive again. The immigrant Irish, distinctive, independent and colourful, have had a profound and sometimes spectacular impact on the history and character of Australia, but this book goes beyond the sometimes superficial and public manifestations of Irishness in Australia. It shows through the lives of the ordinary Irish – Anglo-Irish, Ulster Protestant Irish, and Catholics from both South and North – the extraordinary complexity and diversity of the Irish influx, and the way it interacted, at the ordinary day-to-day level, with its new Australian environment.
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  • Migration Studies
  • Australia and New Zealand