The Kerry Girls: Emigration and the Earl Grey Scheme

The Kerry Girls: Emigration and the Earl Grey Scheme


By (author) Kay Moloney Caball


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  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 14mm | 400g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Stroud
  • ISBN 10: 1845888316
  • ISBN 13: 9781845888312
  • Illustrations note: 30 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 49,221

Product description

As part of the controversial Earl Grey Scheme, this is the true story of the Kerry girls who were shipped to Australia from the four Kerry Workhouses of Dingle, Kenmare, Killarney and Listowel in 1849 and 1850. Leaving behind scenes of destitution and misery, the girls, some of whom spoke only Irish, set off to the other side of the world without any idea of what lay ahead. This book tells of their 'selection' and their transportation to New South Wales and Adelaide, their subsequent apprenticeship, and finally of their marriage and attempts to rebuild a life far from home.

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Author information

Kay Caball is a local historian, a member of The Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society, and the founder of