11th September 1848
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Between 1848-1850, Earl Grey's Famine Orphan Scheme saw a total of 4,114 young Irish women resettled in the Australian colonies. The first orphan girls arrived from Ireland aboard the Lady Kennaway on September 11th, 1848.

These young women, aged 14 to 20, had been orphaned by the famine and were recruited from workhouses across the 32 counties of Ireland. The scheme was devised by Earl Grey, Secretary of State for the Colonies, to relieve overcrowding in the Irish workhouses and to meet the demand for domestic labourers and single young women in the colonies.

Due to growing anti-Irish, anti-Catholic sentiment in the colony, the scheme was short-lived. The last group arrived in Sydney on Tippoo Saib in July 1850.




  • I have Ann Doyle (sister of Matthew Doyle my husband g.grandfather), she was on the New Liverpool arriving in 1849. - passenger no.52 among "Nominal List of Orphan Girls" Nurse Maid to Charles Nantes, Geelong Wine Merchant for 2 year engagement term at 7 pounds wage.
    She settled in Woods Point after this & married James Hammond, dying from Hemorrhage from 7th confinement in 1867.

    On the same ship were Eliza, Mary & Catherine all from a similar area of Wexford, Ann & Eliza both from Gorey, Catherine from New Ross & Mary from Enniscorthy...would love to know if they are related but have no further info on the other girls.



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