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.

'Civilization in the bush'  ca. 1800's. Photo shared by the State Library Victoria. v@e.

'Civilization in the bush' ca. 1800's. Photo shared by the State Library Victoria. v@e.

Stanthorpe in Queensland, first school house was made from bark. 1872. v@e.

Stanthorpe in Queensland, first school house was made from bark. 1872. v@e.

Standing woman and a seated man outside a selector's bark hut, Australia, ca. 1895 [transparency]

Standing woman and a seated man outside a selector's bark hut, Australia, ca. 1895 [transparency]

Giant tree, utilized as a house at Wynstay, South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.   ca.1878-1900. v@e.

Giant tree, utilized as a house at Wynstay, South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. ca.1878-1900. v@e.

Ned Kelly- Bush-ranger, outlaw   Hung 11 November 1880  his last words- “Ah, well, I suppose it has to come to this.  Such is life.”

Ned Kelly- Bush-ranger, outlaw Hung 11 November 1880 his last words- “Ah, well, I suppose it has to come to this. Such is life.”

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