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The Resource The Luck of the Irish

The Luck of the Irish

Label
The Luck of the Irish
Title
The Luck of the Irish
Statement of responsibility
Babette Smith
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The luck of the Irish was chronic bad luck, as their sad history attests. That's how it looked for 250 Irish convicts when their ship, the Hive, sank ignominiously off the NSW coast in 1835. Miraculously all survived, guided to safety by local Aboriginal people. They landed at a time when the so-called slave colony was at its height, ruled by the lash and the chain gang. Yet as Babette Smith tracked the lives of the people aboard the Hive, she discovered a very different story. Most were assigned to work on farms or in businesses, building a better life than they possibly could have experienced in Ireland. Surprisingly, in the workforce they found power, which gave rise to the characteristic Australian culture later described by DH Lawrence: 'Nobody felt better than anybody else, or higher.' The Luck of the Irish is a fascinating portrait of colonial life in the mid-19th century, which reveals how the Irish helped lay the foundations of the Australia we know today. 'Deeply researched and vividly written, it's a terrific new and up-to-date account of the convict experience, mainly from the bottom up' - Emeritus Professor Alan Atkinson FAHA, University of Sydney 'Brings the convict era to life through personal stories and insightful analysis.' - Lindsay Tanner
Summary
The author of the bestselling Cargo of Women and Australia's Birthstain tracks the lives of Irish convicts. The luck of the Irish was chronic bad luck, as their sad history attests. That's how it looked for 250 Irish convicts when their ship, the Hive, sank ignominiously off the NSW coast in 1835. Miraculously all survived
Award
NSW Premier's History Awards, Community and Regional History Prize, 2015.
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10456299
Cataloging source
ANL
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1942-
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Smith, Babette
Dewey number
994.02
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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History
Target audience
adult
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how a shipload of convicts survived the wreck of the Hive to make a new life in Australia
Label
The Luck of the Irish
Instantiates
Control code
BORROWBOX:AAU_073790
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781743437766
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Luck of the Irish
Control code
BORROWBOX:AAU_073790
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781743437766
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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