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According to the The Australian Embassy in Dublin up to 30 percent of the Australian population claim some degree of Irish ancestry and at the 2011 Census, Irish ancestry was the third most popular ancestry behind English and Australian.
Many famous and infamous Australians were Irish or of Irish descent, Sir Richard Bourke, 8th Governor of New South from 1831-1837 was born in Dublin, he encouraged the emancipation of convicts and helped bring forward the ending of transportation. Many bushrangers were of Irish descent including Jack Donohue the wild colonial boy, Ben Hall and Ned Kelly was the son of an Irish convict.
The State Library of NSW has the Irish transportation Registers 1791-1853 on microfilm and the index is online on the National Archives of Ireland’s website