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'Sixty women from Belfast on this ship and most of 'em I seen walk'in the streets. Weren't the priests encouragin' us to apply for passage? Oh they knew right well what they were sendin' to Australia! We didn't leave Ireland at all, ladies. Ireland spat us out!'
Between 1848 and 1851, four thousand young women left Ireland under the Orphan Immigration Scheme, hoping to escape the horrors and devastation of the Irish Potato Famine, as well as to escape the brutality of their own lives.
Among those who set sail from Belfast on the 'Inchinnan' in 1850, was a group of of five, remarkable and feisty women, who became known as 'The Belfast Girls'.
During the arduous three month voyage to Australia, their hopes and dreams of a new future are haunted by the dark secrets of their past.
'Our history...their story'. Come and share it.