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Irish Famine Memorial, Hyde Park Barracks

Memorial to the Irish famine of the 1840s and the effect of the Irish arrivals on the economic and social development of the colony.

-33.869934509252, 151.21263322233

1998 - 1999

Irish Famine Memorial, Hyde Park Barracks


Eleven shiploads of Irish girls, orphaned by the Great Famine of the 1840s, arrived in Sydney between 1848 and 1850. They were housed in the Hyde Park Barracks before going out to work and marry in Sydney and beyond. In the 1990s, a worldwide movement among the Irish diaspora to commemorate the Famine, led to the construction of Sydney's Famine memorial, set into the Hyde Park Barracks perimeter wall.