MISS: Going home. Australians in Ireland 1850-1925

Tuesday 18th April, 2023 at 4:30pm (AEST), 730am (IST)
Prof. Dianne Hall & Loretta Dynan PhD.c
Going home: Australians in Ireland 1850-1925

Many Irish who settled in Australia wrote about their desire to go ‘home’, if not permanently then at least to visit and see familiar people and places.  However only a small number of the estimated 400,000 Irish who settled in Australia between 1788 and the 1920s actually did undertake the long and expensive voyage back. Using the Irish census returns for 1901 and 1911, we will showcase some of the Australians and their families who were living in Ireland in the first decades of the twentieth century. Census data however does not include those Irish Australians who returned to Ireland for visits at other times. Newspaper and family archives show that the dream of return to Ireland was achieved by a few Irish settlers and their families. 

Prof. Dianne Hall (Victoria University, Melbourne) is co-author of A New History of the Irish in Australia, 2018 (with Elizabeth Malcolm) and Imperial Spaces: Placing the Irish and Scots in colonial Australia, 2011, (with Lindsay Proudfoot). 

Loretta Dynan (Victoria University, Melbourne) is a PhD candidate working on family history and memory in Irish farming families in Victoria. 

LOCATION (In-Person and Online)
This free public seminar will be streamed live online via Zoom, and held in-person in the Jabiru Room at Newman College (enter via main gate and follow the signs). The Zoom room will be open 10 minutes before the scheduled start to give everyone time to connect. Please keep your microphone on mute for the duration of the talk. There will be time for questions at the end of the seminar. Please RSVP to Dianne.hall@vu.edu.au if you would like the zoom link.

This seminar will not be recorded.