Thursday 10 April 2014

Colonial Duchesses: Book launch in Dublin

Dublin launch by the Australian Ambassador
to Ireland, 23 April
A new book, Colonial Duchesses by Elizabeth Rushen, tells the story of migration of Irish women to New South Wales before the Great Famine.

In just two years, 750 young Irish women sailed from Cork to Sydney &ndash on the Duchess of Northumberland in 1834 and again in 1836, and the James Pattison in 1835. For the women who took the courageous decision to emigrate, the pain of leaving Ireland was mixed with the excitement of forging a new life in the colony of New South Wales.

This book, published by Anchor Books Australia, examines the backgrounds and lives of these young women whose experiences are representative of countless single women who migrated to Australia during the 19th-century.

It is to be launched by Dr Ruth Adler, Australian Ambassador to Ireland, at O'Connell House, Keough Naughton Notre Dame Centre, 58 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2, on Wednesday 23 April, 6pm–7:30pm. If you wish to attend, please email by 21 April.

Colonial Duchesses can be purchased from the publisher's website for AUD $34.95/€23/£16 plus postage. (Special launch price until 23 April: AUD $30/€20/£16)

ISBN: 9780992467104