Clare Roots Conference experience

Diaspora clip

Last month I presented at the Clare Roots Society’s Conference in Ennis, County Clare. It was a great pleasure and privilege to be able to share some findings from my research with the people attending…and just as great a pleasure to have three Irish cousins attending to listen.

In the days preceding the conference I also had the opportunity to be interviewed on Clare FM Radio…my first ever radio experience. It was rather fun and not too scary! You can listen to the interview here.

hogan and garvey wnidows

These stained glass windows in St Peter’s Catholic Church, Surry Hills, Sydney commemorate the Garvey and Hogan parents’ lives.

This East Clare Emigrants blog is an extension of my earlier research into identified East Clare people which you can read out on my About the Projct tab above. I used both the Immigration Deposit Journals from New South Wales and the Board’s Immigrant Lists to identify the east Clare immigrants to eastern Australia and came up with some 1200 names of passengers who came under an assisted passage, one paid in large part by a colonial government. The problem then became how to identify these same immigrants as their lives progressed in Australia – how to distinguish between those many McNamaras and O’Briens?

This is where Trove, and its digitised newspapers, became important as a tool to rediscover those East Clare immigrants and their life stories. It also became apparent how many others came who I had not yet identified, opening up further vistas for research.

And, once again, many thanks to those members of the Clare Genealogy Group on Facebook who responded to my request for images of their Clare ancestors to include in collages for my talk.

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