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The best of Irish online

The best of Irish online

Delve into the remarkably rich stories from Not Just Ned, explore some interesting and surprising links and research your own family history on this special website, which extends well beyond what was on show at the National Museum in Canberra.

Peter Lalor, 1856, by Ludwig Becker. National Library of Australia.

The Irish in Australia essay
A comprehensive essay by senior curator Richard Reid on what it means to be Irish in Australia. Covers immigration, religion, politics and St Patrick's Day.

Clockwise from top: The Earl of Belmore, the Countess of Belmore, Ladies Florence, Mary, Madeleine and Therese, 1868–70 from photograph album, 'Who and what we saw in the Antipodes'. Attributed to Helen Lambert. National Gallery of Australia.

Research your Irish family history
A launching pad to rich material including tips for beginners, links to the best family history websites, surprising Irish convict material and a surname lucky dip.

Tom Keneally

Personal stories
Visitors to Not Just Ned: A true history of the Irish in Australia told their own Irish stories. Watch what they had to say.

Morgan Jageurs inside his workshop (detail). Courtesy Kerry Blanc.

The Craic videos
Music and dance Irish style on the Museum's YouTube channel, in a series of videos recorded live at The Quiet Man pub in Melbourne for Not Just Ned.

Helmet made of metal, detail.

Irish bushrangers and beyond
The true story wouldn't be complete without Ned Kelly and his gang. See the armour being installed and learn about bushrangers Martin Cash, Ben Hall and Frank Gardiner.

'Charlotte medal' 1788, attributed to Thomas Barrett. Australian National Maritime Museum.

Arriving slideshow
A collection of fascinating stories and images related to the Irish convicts and political prisoners, administrators and earliest settlers who made the long sea voyage to Australia.

Doll's house and furniture about 1871. On loan from the Earl of Belmore.

Settling slideshow
Learn more about explorer Robert O'Hara Burke, the pioneering Durack family and many other Irish settlers who contributed to the development of the colonies.

Monstrance made from jewellery donated by Brisbane Catholics for the Cathedral of the Holy Name 1928. St Stephen's Cathedral, Brisbane.

Building a new life slideshow
Stories of Irish-Australians who made a mark on society and culture, including Eureka leader Peter Lalor, the Kelly gang, prime minister Ben Chifley and archbishop Daniel Mannix.

Isabella Mary Kelly. Courtesy Maurie Garland.

Story circle slideshow
A collection of famous and lesser known personal stories of Irish men and women who have become legends, or whose efforts have helped to make Australia what it is today.

John Moriarty as a small child with his mother Kathleen, 1940s. National Museum of Australia.

A continuing presence slideshow
Sport, the arts and the lingering sense of Irishness in many Australians. Features boxer Les Darcy, Rose of Tralee winner Kathryn Feeney and Indigenous artist John Moriarty.

An extract from a text cloud displaying the 200 most common crimes of Irish convicts transported to NSW. Visible words include burglary, breaking, false pretences, larceny, robbery highway and robbery shop.

Irish convict tag clouds
Discover the occupations, names and crimes committed by Irish convicts transported to New South Wales using these tag clouds. A striking way to explore convict data.

Clockwise from top: The Earl of Belmore, the Countess of Belmore, Ladies Florence, Mary, Madeleine and Therese, 1868–70 from photograph album, 'Who and what we saw in the Antipodes'. Attributed to Helen Lambert. National Gallery of Australia.

Installing the Duffy land map conservation challenge
A behind the scenes look at the challenges involved with handling an oversize and fragile historic map on show in Not Just Ned.

Illuminated address presented to Archbishop Carr. Melbourne Catholic Diocesan Historical Commission.

Illuminated addresses online feature
Zoom in on the stunning borders and elegant calligraphy of these 40 illuminated addresses presented to the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne.

St Patrick's Day shamrock badge. Photo: National Museum of Australia. A badge with shamrock, or green clover, mounted on the inside with a white discoloured background and curved transparent material on the top. The outer edge of the badge is metal with a decorative pattern. The reverse side of the badge is also metal and slightly discoloured with a fastening pin attached.

St Patrick's Day slideshow
A pictorial look at the 2010 Sydney parade and St Patrick's Day celebrations in years gone by.

Morgan Jageurs inside his workshop (detail). Courtesy Kerry Blanc.

Irish social history sites
Finding out about your ancestors is just the beginning ... how did they live? What were their lives like? A filtered collection of the best Irish social history websites.

James Morrow (1843–1910). Courtesy Bob Morrow.

Lasting legacies
A story of survival, endurance and invention told through a collection of large objects. Includes a traditional Irish fishing boat and the Irish-invented Wolseley car and Furphy water cart.