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A decent set of girls... : the Irish famine orphans of the Thomas Arbuthnot 1849-1850

Reid, Richard, 1944-1996
Subject: "A decent set of girls' is a collection of material about a transition - the transition made by 194 young Irish orphan girls from the famine environment of the south-west of Ireland in 1849 to new lives in New South Wales in 1850. More especially it is about 102 of their number who went to Yass and Gundagai with the Surgeon-Superintendent who had cared for them on the ship 'Thomas Arbuthnot' - Charles Edward Strutt. Up country they gained employment in the homes of the settlers, squatters, shopkeepers, magistrates and minor officials of the district ...The story of the 'Thomas Arbuthnot' girls is a famine emigration in miniature. In the official documentation, and in the Surgeon's journal, the individual orphan and her suffering and small triumphs are brought into sharper focus. As much material as we were able to find, and have considered relevant, is reproduced in 'A decent set of girls'. (Preface).
Yass, N.S.W. : Yass Heritage Project, 1996.
xv, 197, [132] p. : ill., facsims., geneal. tables, maps, ports. ; 21 cm.
The discovery of the journal of Dr Charles Strutt in recent times has sent a bright shaft of light back through the years of personal, family and social life in southern New South Wales. This rich source of detail on the lives of 194 'orphan' girls from the workhouses of Ireland fills out for us their ocean voyage to Australia in 1850 and the dispersal of 108 of the girls to places of employment in Goulburn, Yass, Boorowa, Gundagai and Tumut. There most of them settled and married, quite a few of them to relative prosperity (Foreword).Includes index.Bibliography: p. 177-180.
Partial contents: Journal of Surgeon-Superintendent Charles Edward Strutt, 10 October 1849-8 May 1850.
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