Irish Migration to Australia

An Immigration Discovery Centre Reference Sheet

The Immigration Discovery Centre has a variety of resources relating to Irish migration to Australia. On the 18th of November 2012, the Immigration Museum will celebrate Victoria's Irish history and community with an Irish Festival featuring traditional music, dance, and folklore. To assist people with their research into their family history and Irish-Australian history and culture, the Immigration Discovery Centre staff prepared the following list of print and electronic resources.

Irish Migrant Family Outside Their Home 'Darebin', Heidelberg, 1860s-1870s: Melbourne's Biggest Family Album This farmhouse was the home of the Farrell family. The house was called 'Darebin' and was located on the Darebin River in Heidelberg.
Source: Museum Victoria

Immigration Discovery Centre reference collections

Resources relating to the Irish in Australia can be found in the Immigration Discovery Centre library. The library houses a diverse reference collection with a focus on migration, cultural diversity and Australian ethno-history. Family history research 

Bill Davies. Irish ancestry: a beginner’s guide. 3rd ed. Federation of family history societies, 2001. Catalogue number: 929.10720415 d261.

Bill Davies. Basic facts about … Irish family history research. Federation of family history societies, 1997. Catalogue number: 929.1072041 d255.

Ian A Hughes. Passengers to Port Phillip from southern England and Ireland: 1839 – 42. 1981. Catalogue number: 325.945 h893.

Ian A Hughes. Passengers to Port Phillip from southern England and Ireland 1843 – 48. 1981. Catalogue number: 325.945 h893.

Ian A Hughes. Passengers to Port Phillip from southern England and Ireland 1849 – 51

1982. Catalogue number: 325.945 p287.

David Hawgood. Genuki: UK and Ireland genealogy on internet. Federation of family history societies, 2000. Catalogue number: 929.10285678 h391.

Irish ancestry group, genealogical society of Victoria. Irish research starter kit. 2001. Catalogue number: 929.10720415 g326i.

Edward Maclysaght. The surnames of Ireland. 6th ed. Irish academic press, 1985. Catalogue number: 929.4209415 m166-6.

Brian Mitchell. Finding your Irish ancestors: unique aspects of Irish genealogy. Clearfield, 2001. Catalogue number: 929.10720415 m681.

Brian Mitchell. A new genealogical atlas of Ireland. Genealogical publishing co, 1986. Catalogue number: 929.3415 m681.

Stuart A Raymond. Irish family history on the web: a directory. 2nd ed. Federation of family history societies, 2004. Catalogue number: 929.10720415 r272.

Young Ireland Society at Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Feb 1917: The Biggest Family Album in Australia Picnic party of Young Ireland Society at Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Feb 1917
Image: Unknown photographer
Source: Museum Victoria

Personal stories

Frederick J Apple. The life and times of a man from Skibbereen. Catalogue number: 994.51 a646.

Francis X Brown.The Donovans of Mare. Catalogue number: 325.94 b877.

William John Hunter.Voyage to the old country. Catalogue number: 914.41 h947.

Kate Press & Valerie Thompson. West limerick families abroad. 2001. Catalogue number: 305.89162094 f935.

Irish/Australian content

Pauline Hamilton. The Irish: Making Australian Society. Nelson, 1978. Catalogue number: 305.98417094 h219.

Chris McConville. Croppies, Celts and Catholics: the Irish in Australia. Edward Arnold, 1987. Catalogue number: 305.89417094 m129.

Patrick O’Farrell. The Irish in Australia. New South Wales University Press, 1987. Catalogue number: 994.0049162 O31

Jarlath Ronayne. The Irish in Australia: rogues and reformers, First fleet to Federation. Viking, 2002. Catalogue number: 994 R 768.

Irish Famine

Val Noone. Melbourne and the Irish famine. Irish Famine Commemoration Committee, 1998. Catalogue number: 726.899451 M517.


Contact the Immigration Discovery Centre

If you require further assistance with your research contact the Immigration Discovery Centre.

Phone us:
+ 61 3 9927 2726

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Immigration Discovery Centre
Immigration Museum
GPO Box 666
Melbourne 3001 Vic



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