Shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards 2019: History

Irish immigrants - although despised as inferior on racial and religious grounds and feared as a threat to national security - were one of modern Australia's most influential founding peoples.

In his landmark 1986 book The Irish in Australia, Patrick O'Farrell argued that the Irish were central to the evolution of Australia's national character through their refusal to accept a British identity.

A New History of the Irish in Australia takes a fresh approach. It draws on source materials not used until now and focuses on topics previously neglected, such as race, stereotypes, gender, popular culture, employment discrimination, immigration restriction, eugenics, crime and mental health.

This important book also considers the Irish in Australia within the worldwide Irish diaspora. Elizabeth Malcolm and Dianne Hall reveal what Irish Australians shared with Irish communities elsewhere, while reminding us that the Irish-Australian experience was - and is - unique.

'A necessary corrective to the false unity of the term "Anglo-Celtic", this beautifully controlled and clear-sighted intervention is timely and welcome. It gives us not just a history of the Irish in Australia, but a skilful account of how identity is formed relationally, often through sectarian, class, ethnic and racial divisions. A masterful book.' - Professor Ronan McDonald, University of Melbourne



ISBN: 9781742235530
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 448
Publication Date: 1 Nov 2018
Publisher: UNSW Press
Publication City, Country: Sydney, Australia
Dimensions (cm): 23.4(H) x 15.3(L)


Author Biography

Elizabeth Malcolm is an honorary professorial fellow and formerly Gerry Higgins Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Melbourne, has published on policing, mental health, gender and popular culture in Ireland, as well as on the Irish diaspora in both Britain and Australia.

Dianne Hall is a senior lecturer in History at Victoria University, Melbourne, has published widely on the Irish in nineteenth-century Australia, as well as on gender, religion and violence in Ireland.

A New History of the Irish in Australia

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