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Many convicts were transported to Australia during 1845-1852 because of
the 1840’s famine that cost the lives of well over 1.5 million and saw a
million plus people leave Ireland, many on coffin ships.
With the Cascades Female Factory Project Manager, Shirley McCarron’s support and assistance, I organised a Commemorative Event held in conjunction with many others in Ireland and elsewhere.
We had no funding - just word of mouth and some radio and local newspaper advertising - even so 150 people attended and it was a very
successful event that will become an annual occasion of remembrance. The bells of St.
David’s Cathedral were rung from 2.00 to 2.20 as were bells in churches
throughout Ireland and New York, USA, Fremantle in Western Australia and in other places around the world.
The Dean, the Very Reverend Richard Humphrey and the
Assistant Priest, Sheila Shaw from St. David’s Cathedral attended and took part
in the Event. Hobart's Deputy Lord Mayor, Alderman Helen Burnett, laid a wreath, donated by the Council, to honour the victims and emigrants of the Great Irish Famine. The nearby South Hobart
Primary School Choir sang very appropriate songs beautifully and roses kindly donated by the National Trust Australia (Tasmania) property Woolmers were used in the Event. People attending were offered the opportunity to place a rose along side the wreath in memory of the famine victims.
The near by Cascade Brewery supplied bottles of water for all who joined in the walk from the South Hobart Primary School, along the Hobart Rivulet, to the Cascades Female Factory.
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