Old world famine, new world plenty: The career of Sir Arthur Edward Kennedy

Harrison, Jennifer (1999) Old world famine, new world plenty: The career of Sir Arthur Edward Kennedy. Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, 17 4: 155-171.


Author Harrison, Jennifer
Title Old world famine, new world plenty: The career of Sir Arthur Edward Kennedy
Journal name Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland
ISSN 0085-5804
1447-1345
Publication date 1999-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 17
Issue 4
Start page 155
End page 171
Total pages 17
Place of publication Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Publisher Royal Historical Society of Queensland
Collection year 1999
Language eng
Subject CX
430107 History - British
780199 Other
Formatted abstract
The sesquicentenary commemoration of the Great Irish Famine throughout the world has resulted in displays in several museums. Most relied on the same few contemporary sketches to illustrate the dearth and devastation. In 1847 and 1849 artists from the Illustrated London News travelled to some of the most affected areas, in particular Skibbereen in County Cork and Kilrush in County Clare. One image used extensively in the paper on 22 December 1849 showing a Miss Kennedy distributing clothing at Kilrush.

Who was Miss Kennedy? Why was a warmly dressed youngster standing on the back of a cart surrounded by shadowy hungry waifs with her own protectors hovering in the background? Finding the answer started a hunt which stretched throughout the two hemispheres of the globe and centred on Miss Elizabeth Kennedy's father who during the Great Hunger was the Poor Law Inspector at Kilrush, County Clare.
Keyword Irish potato famine
Poor law inspector
Q-Index Code CX

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
 
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