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Not Just Ned: A true history of the Irish in Australia

Monstrance made from jewellery donated by Brisbane Catholics for the Cathedral of the Holy Name 1928 (detail)

What do explorer Robert O'Hara Burke, bushranger Ned Kelly, Eureka stockade leader Peter Lalor and Prime Minister Ben Chifley have in common?

Like millions of other Australians, they are of Irish ancestry. The Irish, and their descendants, have been part of Australian history since the arrival of the First Fleet and its convicts in 1788. Among the thousands of Irish who came were some whose stories have become legends, and whose efforts have made Australia what it is today.

This National Museum of Australia book brings together a collection of rare and precious objects, documents, paintings, drawings and photographs to tell one of Australia's greatest stories: the true history of the Irish in Australia.

ISBN: 9781876944827
Paperback, 128 pages, 305 mm x 210 mm, full colour
Published March 2011
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Sinners, Saints and Settlers: A journey through Irish Australia

Sinners, Saints and Settlers

In Sinners, Saints and Settlers, author Richard Reid and photographer Brendon Kelson take the reader on a journey through the Irish experience in Australia, visiting locations right across the nation where the Irish story unfolds.

This National Museum of Australia book concentrates on the period 1788 to 1921, when the Irish presence in Australia was proportionately at its most influential and visible. It spans the years between the Irish rebellion of 1798, which had a profound effect on the emerging colony of New South Wales, and 1921, the achievement of modern Irish independence.

ISBN 978 1 87694 476 6
Flexibound, 192 pages, 290 x 240 mm, colour
Published July 2010
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