The memorial to the Great Irish Famine and the young women who came from the workhouses or Ireland to Australia between 1848 and 1850 on a special emigration scheme is the vision of the Irish community in Sydney. The Irish Famine Monument was commissioned by the Historic Houses Trust of NSW (HHT) and funded by donations from Government bodies, the Land Titles Office and the Irish Community. It was inspired by the words of the President of Ireland, Mary Robinson during her Sydney visit in 1995.

400 of over 4000 names appear on the memorial and because it is an artwork it is not possible to add or remove the names