Posted by: irishhungercomm | May 1, 2010

Commemoration in Australia

Information from a letter to Bill Fahey from Tom Power, Chairman GIFCC Inc.  Bill is doing great work in his attempts to connect with people around the world who commemorate the Irish Hunger.

We have a  commemoration day annually in Sydney at the  Irish Famine Memorial, usually on the last Sunday of August.

Last year over 700 people attended, mainly descendants of the 4114 orphan girls  who came to Australia via the Earl Gray assistance scheme.

Over a period of almost three years (1848-51) these  orphans were taken from the work houses of Ireland but the scheme was halted due to objections from other religious bodies  here in Australia.

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