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This is the memorial to the Irish Famine situated at the Hyde Park Barracks of Sydney. An Gorta Mór means The Great Hunger in the Irish language. Due to the potato blight and crop failure between 1845 and 1850, Ireland was afflicted with a famine of massive proportions. It resulted in the death of over one million people, widespread and abject poverty for those who survived and which and resulted in mass immigration from Ireland to countries such as Canada, the United States, New Zealand and of course Australia.

The Famine Wall commemorates those that died during the Famine, those that survived and also acknowledges the 4,442 Irish girls who were orphaned as a result of the Famine, and were transported to Australia. Known as The Orphan Girls, those that survived the voyage were housed in the Hyde Park Barracks - along with several hundred male convicts - and lived under appalling conditions.

Between 1791 and 1867 over 40,000 Irish convicts were transported to Australia. The number of free Irish people that immigrated here is not easy to measure, but was enormous. Today, over 2 million Australians identify as having Irish ancestry and that figure is very conservative and could be as high as 10-30% of the country's population. The contribution the Irish have made to Australian Society is incredibly important, and that contribution continues today.

In my Workshop are two close ups of the memorial.

Canon 5D Mk II
ISO 320
f/7.1
1/50 seconds
17mm using 17-40mm lens

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