The ‘Potato Orphans’ of Australia is a tragic, little-known period in the nation's history, in which thousands of vulnerable teenage women, orphaned by the Great Famine, were shipped from Ireland to be wives for the Australian convicts.

Untold story of Irish teen shipped to Australia to marry a convict

The ‘Potato Orphans’ of Australia is a tragic, little-known period in the nation's history, in which thousands of vulnerable teenage women, orphaned by the Great Famine, were shipped from Ireland to be wives for the Australian convicts.

Manuscripts, oral history & pictures - State Library of New South Wales

Manuscripts, oral history & pictures - State Library of New South Wales

Early view of Queen Street, Brisbane, Queensland, ca. 1864 - People, horses and carriages on unsealed Queen Street around 1864. Timber, stone and brick shops and buildings line either side of the street.

Early view of Queen Street, Brisbane, Queensland, ca. 1864 - People, horses and carriages on unsealed Queen Street around 1864. Timber, stone and brick shops and buildings line either side of the street.

Herbert Basedow, Two women carrying large plaited baskets suspended from a band around their heads, Liverpool River, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia, 1928.

Herbert Basedow, Two women carrying large plaited baskets suspended from a band around their heads, Liverpool River, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia, 1928.

PETERS ICE CREAM AD VERY RARE LARGE AUSTRALIAN Vintage Advertising 1936 Original

Black Rivet Mens Quilted Mixed Media Stand Collar Vest

PETERS ICE CREAM AD VERY RARE LARGE AUSTRALIAN Vintage Advertising 1936 Original

Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. Circa 1895 ... image courtesy of Museum Victoria

Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. Circa 1895 ... image courtesy of Museum Victoria

Front display window of G. E. Adams cake shop, Brisbane Arcade, ca. 1938 by State Library of Queensland, Australia, via Flickr

Front display window of G. E. Adams cake shop, Brisbane Arcade, ca. 1938 by State Library of Queensland, Australia, via Flickr

1930 aborigine newlyweds in the segregation community of Cherbourg in Queensland, Australia.  Native people of 109 different areas of the state of Queensland were relocated to the town of Barambah in the early 1900s, later renamed Cherbourg. They were mixed together and not allowed to speak their own languages. More from Wiki: From 1905 until 1939, in total 1587 Indigenous people were removed to the settlement from all across the state.

1930 aborigine newlyweds in the segregation community of Cherbourg in Queensland, Australia. Native people of 109 different areas of the state of Queensland were relocated to the town of Barambah in the early 1900s, later renamed Cherbourg. They were mixed together and not allowed to speak their own languages. More from Wiki: From 1905 until 1939, in total 1587 Indigenous people were removed to the settlement from all across the state.

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