Expert Workshops May 2015

 

 

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Trinity College Dublin welcomes

Australian Seminar Night

with

Richard Reid and Perry McIntyre

 

Speaker 1:  Richard Reid.

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Richards talk is entitled:

‘Not Just Ned Kelly’:the true story of the Irish in Australia, 1788 to 2011

Date: Wednesday, May 20th

Venue: Emmet Theatre, Trinity College.

Time: 6-8pm

“Stop Australians in the street and ask them to name a prominent Irish person in Australian history and it’s a fair bet you’ll get the answer ‘Ned Kelly’. That’s quite surprising because the bould Ned was born in Australia! Such is the power of legend.

 In 2011 Richard Reid curated a major exhibition at the National Museum of Australia:‘Not Just Ned’.  The exhibition set out to discover the contribution of Irish settlement to the development of Australia, and proved there was far more to Irish/Australia than the Kelly gang (although they stole the show).

So what was the Irish story in Australia? Come to this talk to find out”

Irish born and educated Dr Richard Reid worked for more than 40 years as a high school teacher, museum educator, historian and museum curator. Thirty of those years were spent in Canberra, Australia’s capital, working for institutions such as the Australian War Memorial, the National Museum of Australia, the Senate and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. In 1993 Richard was the Australian War Memorial’s Executive Officer on the project which returned the remains of an unknown Australian soldier from France to Canberra for reburial in the Memorial’s Hall of Memory. Between 2008 and 2001 he was the Senior Curator for the National Museum’s exhibition on the Irish in Australia – ‘Not just Ned’. Richard has written widely on the subject of Australia at war and of the story of the Irish in Australia, and in relation to both those subjects has led tours to Ireland, the old Western Front in France and Belgium, and to Gallipoli. Recently retired from the Australian Public service he is still involved in a major archaeological and historical survey of the Anzac area on the Gallipoli peninsula and various projects on the emigration of the Irish to Australia during the 19th century. Among Richard’s publications are – ‘a decent set of girlsThe Irish Famine orphans of the Thomas Arbuthnot, 1849-1850’(with Cheryl Mongan);Farewell my Children:Irish Assisted Emigration to Australia, 1848-1870; Bomber Command – Australians in World War II; Gallipoli 1915; Not Just Ned – a true history of the Irish in Australia; and Sinners, Saints and Settlersa journey through Irish-Australia (with Brendon Kelson).

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Speaker 2 : Perry McIntyre

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Perry’s talk is entitled:

‘The infernal villain will be sent away’

Convict case studies from the National Archives of Ireland, Dublin

Date:Wednesday, May 20th

Venue: Emmet Theatre, Trinity College.

Time: 6-8pm

Perry McIntyre B.Sc., Dip.Ed., M.Litt., Dip. Local & Applied History, PhD.

Perry has worked as a genealogist, historian and archivist for over 30 years. She has been on the committees of History Council of NSW, Society of Australian Genealogists, Royal Australian Historical Society, Australian Catholic Historical Society and the Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee (Chair 2012-15). She has published and spoken extensively on immigration and family history in Australia and Ireland. Her PhD on convict family reunion was published by IAP as Free Passage in 2010 and she is a director of Anchor Books Australia formed to publish good quality history, particularly relating to colonial Australia.

The convict indents which survive in Australia can give us a wonderful glimpse into the trial, native place and personal details of a transported ancestor but in the National Archives of Ireland there is a wealth of documentation on the activities of men and women who came to the attention of the authorities because of their ‘criminal’ activities. For example, the man transported as a vagrant for seven years for singing ballads of the ‘most mischievous and evil tendencies’; the story behind the barbarous murder committed by three men who were executed and the appeals for recompense by the women who were witnesses or the story of a man who was so well-behaved on the Hulk at Dublin while he awaited transportation that his sentence was remitted. This historical and genealogical gold mine will be examined here”

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These are free ticketed events.

To apply for a ticket please email

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