Author Talk: Dianne Hall & Elizabeth Malcolm

Author Talk: Dianne Hall & Elizabeth Malcolm

Author Talks

A New History of the Irish in Australia

Join authors Dianne Hall and Elizabeth Malcolm in discussion of A New History of the Irish in Australia, looking at the Australian-Irish experience in the context of the worldwide Irish diaspora.

A New History of the Irish in Australia book cover
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Thursday
29 November 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Price

General Admission: $10.00
State Library Friends Members: Free

Location

Metcalfe Auditorium, Ground Floor
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Australia

 

A New History of the Irish in Australia

In 1986, Patrick O’Farrell published a landmark book, The Irish in Australia. This was an important volume given that after the English, the Irish were the largest population in Australia between 1788 and 1945, comprising nearly 25 per cent of all non-Indigenous Australians by 1901. Drawing on source materials unused until now, A New History of the Irish in Australia focuses on key areas previously ignored, including race. Indeed, the Irish were seen as a different, inferior ethnic group, despised and feared. Catholic Irish were often seen as a threat to the empire in their supposed failure to show loyalty to the crown. Their alleged recklessness and the moral shortcomings of Irish men and women meant they were perceived as a threat to good manners and society, often the butt of jokes in popular culture.

This book also looks at the Australian–Irish experience in the context of the worldwide Irish diaspora, revealing much about what Irish–Australians shared with Irish communities elsewhere and showing that the Irish–Australian experience was unique.

Dianne Hall, senior lecturer in History at Victoria University, Melbourne, has published widely on the Irish in nineteenth-century Australia, as well as on gender, religion and violence in Ireland.

Elizabeth Malcolm, honorary professorial fellow and formerly Gerry Higgins Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Melbourne, has published on policing, mental health, gender and popular culture in Ireland, as well as on the Irish diaspora in both Britain and Australia. Both authors are co-editors of the Australasian Journal of Irish Studies.

 


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