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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 7:56 pm    Post subject: Donegal Relief Fund Reply with quote

The Donegal Relief Fund (DRF) "Five Shiploads: How some of our Irish pioneers came to Australia." emigrants left Ireland between 1859 to 1862. The fund was an idea which was started in New South Wales in 1858 by a sixty four year old Catholic clergyman named Archdeacon John McEncroe who was a Tipperary man. During his time in NSW he'd seen it change from a penal colony to one of free settlers.

The Archdeacon deposited money with the government in NSW and received certificates for passages. I've noticed posts on some websites asking whether a young ancestor may have travelled on their own ... some of those queries may have related to NSW .. here's the reason ...
The certificates were issued for persons aged between twelve and forty years. The age restrictions meant that many Irish families were to be torn apart, with older adults and younger children being forced to stay in Ireland. In some cases that happened anyway ... the older children left home to seek work and sent money home ... then another child would have emigrated to join their sibling. Click here to read Dr Bernard Barrett's article about "Five Shiploads: How some of our Irish pioneers came to Australia." and another article Donegal Relief Fund (Sydney) & Donegal Celtic Relief Fund (Melbourne) by Bill Spillane.

Please note: If you have any connection to any of the passengers sponsored by the Donegal Relief Fund, Bill Spilland and Lindel would very much like to hear from you.
Their e-mail addresses are in the link at the beginning of this post.
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