Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Earl Grey's Famine Orphan Scheme - What was it?

Earls Grey's Famine Orphan Scheme 

Between 1848 and 1850 over 4000 adolescent female orphans emigrated from Irish workhouses to the Australian colonies, arriving at Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Their emigration has become known as the ‘Earl Grey scheme’ after its principal architect, Earl Grey, Secretary of State for the Colonies in Lord John Russell’s Whig government at the time of the Great Irish Famine...more

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