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Grangegorman to Tasmania: Public Lecture by Christina Henri

Posted: 7 October, 2015

Dr. Christina Henri, from Hobart in Tasmania, will deliver a public lecture in St. Laurence’s, DIT Grangegorman, on Monday 12 October 2015 at 1.05 pm.

Hosted by the Chaplaincy Service at DIT and supported by the College of Arts and Tourism, the lecture will tell the story of women and children who were transported to Tasmania  - or Van Diemen’s Land as it was known in the 19th century.   

Over 3,300 women and their children held in Grangegorman were transported to Van Diemen's Land between 1840 and 1853.  The lives of these women and children irrevocably link Ireland and Tasmania, and today family members research ancestors in order to understand more about their lives. 

Since Dr. Christina Henri, commenced the Roses from the Heart project in 2007 she has committed to ‘taking the girls back home’ in the form of the bonnet tributes. This journey is especially poignant as most of the women were never given an opportunity to return to Ireland.  Their sentences may have been for a specific number of years however, in reality, this generally converted into ‘exiled for life’

There has been strong support for Christina's Roses from the Heart Memorial across Ireland and she has held events in County Cork, Wicklow, Galway, Mayo, Wexford, Down, Armagh and Dublin.  Her work was highlighted through a documentary by RTE Nationwide aired across Ireland in 2013.‌

Join us on Monday, 12th of October at 1:05pm in St. Laurence's, Grangegorman, to hear some of the stories of those who were transported from Grangegorman to Australia.

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