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Earl Grey's Famine Orphan Scheme

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Between 1848 and 1850 over 4000 adolescent female orphans emigrated from Irish workhouses to the Australian colonies, mostly between 14 and 20 years of age arriving at Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Their emigration has become known as the ‘Earl Grey scheme’ after its principal architect, Earl Grey, Secretary of State for the Colonies in Lord John Russell’s Whig government at the time of the Great Irish Famine. + -

+ - This was a sub project of Project:Australia, as well as the Australian Convicts and First Settlers project. + -

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Mission

+ - This project seeks to document the profiles of all the young Irish women who emigrated to Australia under the Earl Grey Famine Orphan Scheme between 1848-1850. + -

+ - As Tom Power, Chairman of the Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee (GIFCC) so eloquently remarked at the unveiling of the Earl Grey Famine Memorial in Sydney in 1999, they are a continual reminder of the many terrible realities, similar to the great famine of Ireland, occurring in the world today and which cry out for our compassion and concern. [1] + -

+ - It is only appropriate that we honour their lives by recognising them as one of the key groups of early European Settlement in Australia.

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