The ‘Potato Orphans’ of Australia is a tragic, little-known period in the nation's history, in which thousands of vulnerable teenage women, orphaned by the Great Famine, were shipped from Ireland to be wives for the Australian convicts.

Untold story of Irish teen shipped to Australia to marry a convict

An image of potato orphan Jane McDonald, which her great-great-great granddaughter Gail Newman was 'so happy' and emotional to uncover after months of searching

FREE SAMPLE UNIT - A-Z of Convicts of Van Diemen’s Land Author: Simon Banard Themes: Convicts, Transportation, British colonisation and settlement Years: Australian Curriculum: English Years 4 and 5; History Years 4 and 5; Geography Year 4 (NSW Stage 2 and Stage 3) Codes: AC – Australian Curriculum: English. History EN – NSW English syllabus for AC HT – NSW History Unit writer: Amanda Worlley

A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land - Simon Barnard - Book Week 2015 Shortlisted

Van Diemen's Land 1852

A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land - Book Week 2015 - Van Diemen's Land map 1852

Convicts in chains

Through centuries of human suffering, one vision has sustained: a belief in a terrestrial arcadia

The story of the 72,000 convicts transported to Van Diemen's Land from 1803 to 1853, and the colony they built. To the convicts arriving in Van Diemen's Land, it must have felt as though they'd been sent to the very ends of the earth. In Tasmania's Convicts Alison Alexander tells the history of the men and women transported to what became one of Britain's most notorious convict colonies.

To the convicts arriving in Van Diemen's Land, it must have felt as though…

Convict Ship circa 1870: Convicts on a ship bound for Botany Bay, Australia. (Photo available in a range of products)

Take a look at the 'Convict Ship - circa Convicts on a ship bound for Botany Bay, Australia' prints from Australian Views

Notorious Strumpets and Dangerous Girls : convict women in Van Diemen's Land 1803-1829.

Notorious Strumpets and Dangerous Girls : convict women in Van Diemen's Land TARDIF, Phillip. Includes entry for Jane Brickhill later Mallett.

1853 The first stamp of Van Diemen's Land.(Tasmania)

Postage stamp separation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Separation of imperforate stamps by scissors, knife or tearing often leads to uneven margins on the stamp as in this 1853 stamp of Van Diemen's Land.

Poster advertising the autobiography of convict and bushranger, Martin Cash. 1870. Dixson Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=448998

Poster advertising the autobiography of convict and bushranger, Martin Cash.

To the convicts arriving in Van Diemen's Land, it must have felt as though they'd been sent to the very ends of the earth. In Tasmania's Convicts, Alison Alexander tells the history of the men and women transported to what became one of Britain's most notorious convict colonies. Image credit: Alison Alexander #convictism #tasmania

To the convicts arriving in Van Diemen's Land, it must have felt as though…

australian convicts - Google Search

Early Australian History - Convict Life in New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land, by Charles White

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