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Australia and Mountbellew remember the orphan girls

Wednesday, 9th May, 2018 10:08am

Story by David Burke
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Australia and Mountbellew remember the orphan girls

SOME of those at the event with a replica travelling trunk inscribed with the girls names

Australia and Mountbellew remember the orphan girls

SOME of those at the event with a replica travelling trunk inscribed with the girls names

THE vast contribution made to modern Australia by young Irish girls who were shipped out there in the middle of the 19th century was highlighted at an event in Mountbellew on Sunday.
One of the girls who was sent out from the workhouse on the ship Palestine was Mary Ann Taylor. Her great-grandson Bill Marwick was able to tell the assembled guest of the hard life his ancestor had. But she survived, and at the time of her death she had 55 grandchildren and 95 great-grandchildren, with a few more yet to come.

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