In 2005 we established the Irish Famine Memorial Prize in the Department of Modern History, Macquarie University, where for many years Dr Trevor McClaughlin taught and conducted his research on the Famine Orphan Immigrant women. It was through his initiative that the first outreach programme, in the form of this prize, was set up. It is awarded to a student whose honours work is on an Irish or Irish Australian topic or on a global problem in the modern world which could include famine, poverty, mass emigration, refugees or political upheaval.

Subsequently, GIFCC established two Irish Memorial Funds [Mamre and University of Western Sydney] to commemorate the orphan girls who were refugees from the Great Irish Famine. The funds are directed to two outreach programmes which support women affected by famine and political pressures which caused them to flee their own countries. The public are invited to support these programmes by making a tax-deductible donation to the Funds thus ensuring that the programmes will continue to grow and expand into the future.

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In order to keep the history of the Famine Orphan Girls alive and remember their legacy, the Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee (GIFCC) funds several prizes and has set up a scholarship for a refugee student at Western Sydney University

supports a programme established by the Sisters of Mercy at Mamre Homestead, St Marys, NSW, to help African refugees, especially those from Southern Sudan. This programme comprises classes in commercial cookery, English language, social and life skills, women’s health, food, nutrition and child care. At present the GIFCC Mamre Fund is assisting a farming and fresh vegetable production enterprise at Mamre.

is an annual award to a female student at that university who arrived in Australia as a refugee and is committed to building a career and a life here. The committee donated the initial money to start a scholarship fund with the ultimate aim of building sufficient funds to create a full-time scholarship for a female refugee student at UWS.

  Click here to view a PDF of past Memorial Prize winners.