The young women who came to the Australian colonies during the Famine years of 1848 to 1850 were from the Workhouses throughout all 32 counties Ireland. All were destitute and many had lost their parents and families, so were true orphans. Others were simply unable to support themselves within the family. However, the term ‘orphan’, meaning loss of at least one parent, did apply to the vast majority of the 4112 who took up the offer under Earl Grey’s Famine Orphan Scheme.
The Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee is gathering stories about all the women. Some of the stories are attached as pdfs to the individual girls and are mainly complied by descendants - some have not been authenticated by The Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee.
NOTE THAT NOT ALL 4114 WOMEN FROM THE 20 SHIPS INVOLVED ARE YET IN THE DATABASE