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Lost Irish Women

Lost Irish Women of the Goldfields

Finding women’s stories is a challenge. History often records women in relation to men, as daughters, mothers, and wives. The Ballarat District Irish Association is launching a new project, funded by Public Records Office Victoria, to highlight the contribution of Irish women to Ballarat’s social, cultural, and industrial development. The project will culminate in a short film that interprets the research findings. The misconception that no women lived on the Victorian goldfields has been successfully challenged by historians in recent years. However, there remains a longing among current-day Irish descendants to better understand their own cultural heritage. Bolstered by the considerable resources available since the democratization of historical records, the project hopes to uncover individual identities of women, using a range of family and archival sources. The project will culminate in a short film that interprets the research findings.

Lucy Bracey, Historian, Way Back When will be researching nine women and locating photographs. Erin McCuskey, Creative Director, Yum Studio will be producing a short film from the resulting research. The project is funded by the Public Records Office of Victoria (PROV) through the leadership of the Ballarat and District Irish Association (BDIA). Please subscribe to the BDIA newsletter for news and how to be involved. And if you have an Irish story to share with the project please email Lucy Bracey <[email protected]>

The project was launched at the Eureka Centre Ballarat (video available there shortly) for the Ballarat Heritage Festival.

Featured Image: Topsy Turvey or our Antipodes by John Leech 1853, courtesy of State Library of Victoria

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