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Memorialising Irish Australians in SoutheastQueensland, 1872-2017 by...

Memorialising Irish Australians in SoutheastQueensland, 1872-2017 by...

Wed Mar 14th, 2018, 12:30PM - Wed Mar 14th, 2018, 1:30PM

The Commissariat Store Museum
115 William Street
Brisbane City, QLD  4000 Map

This presentation investigates Irish-Australian memorialisation in Southeast Queensland, from 1872 to 2017. The sample ranges from 1870s obelisks to a commemorative headstone in Nudgee Cemetery, unveiled in 2017. It includes memorials to both Protestant and Catholic Irish and examines the messages they can transmit, not only about the past, but also the present and the future. The presentation concludes with some reflections on Irish-Australian memorialisation and the interplay between history and memory.

Rodney Sullivan is an honorary research associate professor in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at The University of Queensland. He is researching the history of Queensland's Irish community. Rodney was formerly an Associate Professor in the Department of History & Politics at James Cook University, Townsville. He has published in the fields of Australian and Philippine-American history. His publications include: Exemplar of Americanism: The Philippine Career of Dean C. Worcester (1991 and 1993), Wordsto Walk By: Exploring Literary Brisbane (2005) and recent articles on the Irish in Queensland. He contributes to the Australian Dictionary of Biography and the Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate.

Robin Sullivan is an honorary research associate professor in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at The University of Queensland. She was formerly Queensland's Commissioner for Children and Young People and a Director-General in the Queensland public service. Her publications include articles on labour history, education and family issues. She has co-authored recent articles on the Irish in Queensland. Robin holds honorary doctorates from the Queensland University of Technology and the Central Queensland University.
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