The National Archives of Australia recently launched a new website Destination: Australia which holds an archive of over 21,000 photographs featuring post-war migrants to Australia. They invite you to share your immigration stories relating to the photographs.
The website creates a poignant insight into people's lives by focusing on the stories of the people and families in the photographics rather than wanting to create a history of Australia's post-war migrants.
They are asking the general public to share their stories behind the photographs on the website as one can imagine, identifying nearly 6 million migrants to Australia from the 1900s in not an easy task.
The following are only a few of many photographs of Irish and Northern Irish migrants to Australia. There is a detailed search facility on the site also which gives pages and pages of results. For more generic Irish related photographs, search for 'irish' and 'ireland'
Roy Ritchie, Irish migrant composed music for first ballet in Opera House.
Mayor of Drummoyne, Mrs Margaret Armitage who came to Australia from Limerick, Ireland in her Office
While recently in Northern Ireland people shivered in the sudden winter cold, a group of Ulstermen "down under" went for a swim. Members of the Ulster Associations of NSW had their annual picnic in National Park, near Sydney. Some members of the picnic party on board the launch Carraa. Front row, from left: Joe Peoples, from Larne, Co Antrim, Robert McShane, from Belfast, Kenneth McIlroy, from Larne, Co Antrim, Mrs N McLoughlin with daughter Glenda, from Belfast, Mr and Mrs William Moore and baby, from Belfast. On extreme right: Mr Tom Weir, Co Donegal
Joey Myles has a special labour of love in the remote Australian outback mining town of Mt Isa in NW Queensland. He is the voice of Ireland, to some 400 Irish migrants and descendants of Irish migrants of Mt Isa. The entire population Joey works fro Mount Isa Mines Ltd, turns radio programme compere once a week for 4LM Mt Isa "Ireland, Saturday night". He gives news from Ireland, local snippets about the Irish community, plays Irish songs, and dispenses big doses of Irish wit. Christened Patrick Joseph he's Joey to his radio listeners and Paddy to the miners of 54 nationalities he works with. Joey migrated to Australia in 1949 and is married with 3 children. Joey Myles at the announcer's console for his weekly programme, "Ireland, Saturday night".
Thirty-three-year-old Irish immigrant John O'Sullivan is licensee and manager of a hotel at Landsborough in Queensland, Australia. Before he migrated in 1951 from Limerick, he was a farm worker. He arrived in Australia "broke" and without trade qualifications and for some years worked as a builder's labourer. He built his own home in his spare time. After two years as a labourer, Mr O'Sullivan was appointed bar manager. John O'Sullivan drinks with locals in the bar of the Mellum Club Hotel.
Irish dancers celebrating at the Festival of the Snows, Cooma, New South Wales
A giant dredger under construction at Glanville dock, Port Adelaide, SA. The dredge will be used to deepen and widen the port river. Peter Tiernan, from Ireland, is a welder. He has a wife and 3 children.
Harold "Paddy" Johnston, from Ireland, an operations supervisor, now works at Tidbinbilla Tracking Station, 30 miles south of Canberra, ACT. He has worked on the Mariner, Mars, Pioneer and Surveyor moon projects. He migrated to Australia in 1952.
Irish family at NUNAWADING Hostel
Living almost alone in a ghost town holds no terrors for black-bearded young Irishman Paddy Kerrigan. To him it's a challenge - and he's building up a business as the waters of Lake Eucumbene rise. Paddy, who left his home in Bundoran, Donegal, 10 years ago to go to Australia, lives in the old town of Adaminaby, in the south-east corner of Australia. Paddy Kerrigan near his boatshed in the ghost town of Adaminaby, with Lake Eucumbene in the background.
Migrant Irish barman, Pat Reilly, raised in County Meath, trained in hotels in London, is now to cocktail mixer in the plush Louisa Room Adelaide's South Australian Hotel. He plans to enter into an Australia wide bartender's guild competition lather this year. Pat lived at 8 Summerhill Road, Trim, moved to 72 Adelaide Road, West Ealing, London came from there in 1965 to live with his wife and four children at 91 Collingbourne Drive, Elizabeth, Adelaide, SA. Hurley full forward Pat Reilly playing for one of the Irish community teams in Adelaide.
Most content, including photographs, in this article is provided by 'Destination: Australia'.