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zozimus An Gorta Mór / Carolyn Chisholm (9) RE: An Gorta Mór / Carolyn Chisholm 29 May 12


Hi Haruo,
If you followed Fergie's link, you will also see Fergie singing a brilliant song he wrote for the project. There is another song on the subject of female emigration to Australia called "God's Police" written by Australian Ted Egan, which prompted my research. However, Ted's song implies that Chisholm co-operated with Earl Grey in sending the orphans from the workhouses, so the aim of my song was to correct this.
The line "the worse plan conceived since Cromwell was here" was made by John Mitchell, and refers to Cromwell, in 1629, transporting up to 50,000 Irish people to Barbados. The young girls were sold to the sex trade, but were soon found unable to cope with the extreme climate, and so were farmed out to "Stud Farms", where they were cross-bred with locals. There hardier offspring were then sold to the sex trade.
Caroline's offer of help to Earl Grey was refused. He was more interested in re-uniting families for those already in Australia, along with sendind a smaller number of girls she had jobs lined up for. The great Mr Chips mentioned in the song was Charles Dickens, who used the name Mr Chips in the "Household World" to publicize Chishol's work.
I gave Mary permission to use the song following her request for a song on the subject to include CD. Hope you enjoyed her CD.
The Wild Bees Nest project is now out on CD and can be purchased for about 15 Euro(including post) from either myself or Fergie above. Just PM either of us for details.
                                     Tony McGaley


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