Before 1776 England sent political prisoners to Colonial America.
As the Revolutionary War heated up, England had to sent prisoners to places like Australia and New Zealand and Van Dieman's Land, which is now Tasmania.
From 1788 the British shipped a thousand Irish
citizens a month to New South Wales.
Today thousands of Australians owe their ancestry to the Irish who came from Ireland
more than two hundred years ago.
Convicts, and later settlers, came
from every county in Ireland. About half were from Ireland, and the remainder from England, Scotland and Wales.
Inspiration for this website was provided by my friend Frank Killeen who
lives in Victoria, Australia. Others pitched in and by many requests we started this website, part genealogy
This project will display records, photographs, culture, genealogy, history, Irish who settled there, old documents, stories about their ancestors, histories of old
families in Australia, family group sheets, anything other researchers can key
on to find you.
The records are set up in file folders with one folder per family
surname. Each family who submits data will have their own file folder. To
submit your material to this website, please contact the Webmaster.
This is a twenty year long project which will be a lot of hard work and fun.
We are designing a website for each part of Australia.
Volunteers who live in Australia can adopt and build those district web pages.
If you want
to adopt your own territory, please speak up.