The Orphan Emigration Scheme sent the first shipload of Irish orphan girls to Australia in June 1848, with the last ship arriving in Sydney in July 1850. In total, 20 ships carried 4,114 girls to the Australian ports of Sydney, Adelaide and Port Phillip (Melbourne). A listing of all the ships, initially compiled by Trevor McClaughlin, is available on the Irish Famine Memorial Sydney website here.
A total of 137 Mayo orphan girls were sent to Australia on three ships:
The Shipping Lists for each of these ships is digitally available online via the The State Records Authority of New South Wales 'Online' microfilm of shipping lists. Click on the the images to access the Shipping List for either the Lady Kennaway, the Inchinnan, or the Panama.
The Lady Kennaway
© Barbara Barclay (2015)