Oceans of Consolation: Personal Accounts of Irish Migration to Australia

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"This volume provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives and attitudes of Irish migrants to the Seven Colonies of Australasia in the 19th century. Fitzpatrick presents a richly textured and nuanced reading of 111 letters between emigrants and 'the old country,' telling us much not only about the aspirations of emigrants, their successes and disappointments, but also about the culture and style of the correspondence itself. A substantial contribution to both Irish and Australian history."--Virginia Quarterly Review

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David Fitzpatrick is Associate Professor in Modern History and Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin. His publications include Politics and Irish Life, 1913-1921 and Irish Emigration, 1801-1921.

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This volume of first-person accounts of more than 100 letters edited by Fitzpatrick (modern history, Trinity Coll., Dublin) is a major new addition to scholarship. The author's detailed biographies of the correspondents place them in historical context by tracing their Irish backgrounds and Australian careers. Included is the personal correspondence, accompanied by contemporary engravings and photographs, of 14 families of Irish emigrants to the Australian colonies from 1843 to 1906. Librarians will especially appreciate the chapter on sources, a bibliographic essay discussing Australian and Irish migration sources, and Irish Australian letters. This excellent, scholarly work is a solid contribution to the study of popular culture and to the history of emigration. As such, it is an important acquisition for libraries collecting Irish and Australian history and emigration history. Highly recommended for academic libraries.
Judith P. Reid, Library of Congress
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