The Australian Monument to the Great Irish Famine (1845-1852) is located at the Hyde Park Barracks, on Macquarie Street, Sydney, Australia. The monument was inspired by the arrival in Australia of over 4,000 single young women, most of whom were teenagers. They arrived under a special emigration scheme designed to resettle destitute girls from the workhouses of Ireland during the Great Famine. The Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee (GIFCC) have broadened their activities to commemorate all who left their homes seeking a new life in the colonies and States of Australia but these workhouse orphan girls, and the historical links back to Ireland, remain the focus of this project and only young women from the workhouses under Earl Grey's Orphans scheme appear in the database. The three images above the website link were supplied to Trevor McClaughlin in the 1990s and are Mary Ann Ryan per Elgin to Adelaide )left) and one of her children (right) with Ann Brady per Tippoo Saib in the centre.

This website introduces you to the monument itself, to this particular emigration scheme which operated between 1848 & 1850, to the women themselves and the ships on which they travelled. It is designed to be an motivating and rewarding experience for anyone interested in Irish history and genealogy or the broader issues related to famine, displacement and immigration no matter where in the Irish 'diaspora' you may reside. The website was initially set up by Dr Trevor McClaughlin and we are grateful for him allowing us to use the information contained in his two volumes of Barefoot & Pregnant? Irish Famine orphans in Australia, Genealogical Society of Victoria,  Melbourne, 1991 and 2001 and for the work he and Jennifer Bainbridge did on the first version of this website. This website is updated frequently and we acknowlege funding assistance from the Irish Government's Emigrant Support Programme in 2011 and 2013


Just letting everyone know that Tom Power, the man behind the building of the Memorial and the long-term driving force of the annual events, died last Thursday morning, 28 December 2017 in Sydney. The link to funeral details is below. He will be sadly missed by all who knew this compassionate man.


Tim Costello's Youtube speech on, 16 August 2016- Seventeenth Anniversary
Our guest of honour was Rev. Tim Costello AO.
The link above will take you to the Youtube video of his address

Click here for YouTube Video of Orphan Girl song

CLICK HERE to download a Form to puchase the CD of the 'Orphan Girl' song by Irish songwriter, Brendan Graham. It also contains moving introductions by Brendan about his reasons for writing 'Orphan Girl, 'The Whitest Flower' and his famous 'You Raise Me Up'. The best value bit of history and song ever!


CLICK ON THIS LINK to take a the historical walk with the Orphan girls from the ship in Sydney Harbour to the Immigration Barrack at Hyde Park