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.
Caged convicts on a ship bound for Australia. The average journey time to the penal colony was 102 days
The Rocks in Sydney, Australia, is now a prime real estate spot with houses priced in the millions. Only a century or two ago, however, this was the first convict settlement in Australia.