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Earl Grey's Famine Orphan Scheme 1848-1850

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Date: 1848 to 1850
Location: Australiamap
Surname/tag: earl_grey
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The 'Earl Grey's Famine Orphan Scheme 1848-1850' is a free space topic and is part of the Ireland and Australia Projects.

The Team Leader for this topic is: John Rosser.




This project seeks to document the profiles of over 4000 adolescent female orphans who migrated from Irish workhouses to the Australian colonies 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.

  1. https://irishfaminememorial.org/history/


  1. Create new profiles (and identify existing ones) for each of the famine orphans and link them to the project by using the relevant Categories and Stickers.
  2. Merge all duplicate profiles into lowest correct LNAB.
  3. PPP added and/or Project Account added as a trusted list member or manager for relevant profiles (this would be rare).
  4. Improve the biography of each profile so that it has a written narrative, using the WikiTree Style Guide (can work with Profile Improvement Project for help)
  5. Connect each profile to the main WikiTree family tree (we can ask the Connectors Project for help).

How to Join

To join the 'Earl Grey' team:

  1. Membership of at least one of the Australia and/or Ireland Projects is required.
    * Australia - new and existing members of the Australia Project should answer this g2g welcome post (ask to join the Earl Grey Team);
    * Ireland - new and existing members of the Ireland Project should contact the Ireland Project.
  2. Add the 'Member' Sticker to your profile, so that your name appears in our list of current members.
    See Stickers below for instructions.
  3. Add Earl_Grey to your list of followed tags.
    See Tags and Tag Names for more information.

How to participate

Any contribution you can make, large or small, is appreciated. Most people start by working on any relevant profile(s) that are connected to their ancestral family.

Here are some other ways that Team members can contribute to our topic goals (if you have a special interest area, you can add yourself to that task, or ask one of us to):

  • Identify relevant profiles by using the source database at the Irish Famine Memorial Sydney, including the memorial monument and other orphans identified in the database.
  • Ensure that the 'Earl Grey' Sticker and the relevant categories have been added to each profile (see Stickers and Categories below).
  • Add maintenance categories to let the Profile Improvement Team know where they can help
    e.g. [[Category:Ireland, Needs Birth Record]] (and others from [[Category:Ireland, Maintenance Categories]])
    [[Category:Victoria, Needs Death Record]]
    (and others from [[Category:Australia, Maintenance Categories]])
  • Action maintenance categories by finding relevant sources and improving profile biographies.


There are two important Stickers used by this topic: 'Member' and 'Earl Grey' . Remember that the code for stickers can be placed anywhere between the headings
== Biography ==
== Sources ==
(see Help:Stickers for more information).

  • 'Member'
Code to use: {{Member|Earl Grey}}
For use on profiles of WikiTree Genealogists that are members of the 'Earl Grey' topic team.
* Increases awareness of the topic and provides a link to the space page
* Adds the profile to [[Category: Earl Grey's Famine Orphan Scheme Project Members]]
Displays as:
... ... ... is a member of the Earl Grey's Famine Orphan Scheme 1848-1850 Team.

  • 'Earl Grey'
Code to use: {{Earl Grey|location=Native-place}}

Notes -
1. Must use lower case 'l' in parameter name (ie. 'location' NOT 'Location')
2. Replace Native-place with the Irish County nominated in the shipping records as the orphan's 'native place' (do not use the word 'County').
e.g. {{Earl Grey|location=Tipperary}}
Orphans from 'King's County' should be entered as 'Offaly', 'Queens County' as 'Laois'.
3. Omit the 'location' parameter if the 'native place' is unknown, or in dispute.
e.g. {{Earl Grey}}
For use on all profiles within the scope of this topic.
* Highlights the orphan's involvement in the Earl Grey Scheme
* Adds the profile to the topic landing-level categories (see Categories below).
Displays as:
Earl Grey Scheme
... ... ... was an Irish famine orphan who emigrated to Australia between 1848-1850.

In addition, it may be appropriate to add one or more of the following stickers:

  • {{Ireland Native}}
  • {{Migrating Ancestor}}
  • {{Assisted and Bounty Immigrants|assisted}}

More information about these and other Stickers used by the Australia Project can be found here.


All profiles within the scope of this topic require the following three categories (all of them have been set up and are accessible from the Category Picker):

  • Irish Famine Orphan Girls from...
    (added automatically via the 'Earl Grey' sticker)
    see this category list.
  • Irish Famine Orphan Girls aboard...
    (needs to be added manually)
    see this category list.
  • Ship Name, Arrived...
    (needs to be added manually)
    see this category list.

In addition, it may be appropriate to add one or more of the following categories:

  • Migration stream, level 5
    e.g. [[Category:Migrants from County Cavan to New South Wales]]


The following pages may be of interest:

The following resources may also be useful:

See also:

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Margaret (Gleeson) Camm (abt.1834-1909) arrived on the Pemberton 1849
posted by Amanda Myers

Found another Famine orphan while sourcing existing profiles. Mary HANLON aboard the New Liverpool in 1849 in Victoria. I think I added everything required but I'm not entirely sure. Would someone please have a look, sometime? Thank you Amanda

posted by Amanda Myers
Thanks Amanda and Steve,

I agree she is the one entered in the database as 'Mary Crummin' (with variants Crimmen, Crunnin). The same spelling used on the manifest for her was also used for another orphan on that voyage - this was entered as 'Biddy Crimmin'.

posted by John Rosser
Thanks Amanda for the additions you've made to the profile Mary (Crimeen) Ellery. I agree with your opinion that she was a Famine orphan.

The handwriting on the Elgin passenger manifest isn't very clear.

I think that this Mary has been entered in the Irish Famine Memorial Database with the surname 'Crummin'.

posted by Steve Thomas

I found this profile while sourcing and I believe she may have been a Famine orphan on the barque, Elgin in 1849 to South Australia.

posted by Amanda Myers
Just a little triva

Bridget Young who was Steve Harts mother (a Kelly gang member) and Margaret White mother of Joe Byrne (another Kelly gang member) arrived on the same ship on the Earl Grey Famine Orphan scheme

posted by Terry Wright
I've added another girl to the "Not the Earl Grey Scheme" lot: Anne Love.

I can has sticker naow?  :) (I'd ask for a category, but nobody can find those anymore!)

posted by Melanie Paul
I have started the Bridget Young profile
posted by Terry Wright
I am adding Steve Hart (one of the Kelly gang) parents.I haven't added his mother yet will do that today.But I came across the information that his mother was Bridget Young, aged sixteen, and along with sister Mary, aged twenty-one, travelled to Australia from Galway on the Thomas Arbuthnot as part of the Earl Grey Famine Orphan Scheme.
posted by Terry Wright
My ancestor Thomas Constable, an English exile who arrived at Port Phillip 1846, married Jane O'Leary, Irish famine orphan, in Geelong in May 1852. When he married, he called himself "Michael Hart." That is what he wrote on the marriage document.

I don't know why he chose the surname Hart. I have photos of Thomas & Jane, but can't see how to add the photos to this site.

posted by [deleted]
Hi Judith

Thanks for posting the info about your ancestors and their connection to Earl Grey's Famine Orphan Scheme - I will contact you soon by personal message about collaborating on their profiles.

In order to add photos, pdf files etc. to WikiTree: 1. Go to the relevant profile or freespace page (unless it has 'Open' privacy, you may also need to send a Trusted List request to get editing access) 2. Click on the 'Edit' button for that page 3. Click on '[Add Image]' (on right hand side, under Edit Photo Settings).

More info about photos here: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Photos_FAQ

Hope that helps!

posted by John Rosser
I have completed (as best I can with the limited information I can access) four profiles (two from each ship).

Bridget Corbett (Calcutta); Mary Looney (Beula), Catherine Keogh (Calcutta); Susan Halleybone (Beula).

posted by Melanie Paul
One thing that would need to be remembered is: these ships did not go to Tasmania, as it was still Van Diemen's Land until it was officially renamed "Tasmania" on the 1st January 1856.

I have information for one Beula/Beulah (seems the file on Tassie's BDM says Beulah, but everything else I've seen says Beula (same ship, though, the dates confirm it)) girl, but I can't do the profile until later. (All the info I have gathered so far is on the laptop and it's taking a well needed rest.) I think I'd go with Beulah, unless there is better information confirming Beula. ETA: I take that back .. I am now seeing more results for Beulah, some of them in googlebooks (but I don't know how to quote those).

posted by Melanie Paul
Somebody could do something with this one, maybe? I couldn't find an existing profile (but admit I did only a brief search).

The Story of Mary Ann Jane Warrant - an Orphan from Kilrush and a Mother of Australia

posted by Melanie Paul