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Robin and Rodney Sullivan: Memorialising Irish Australians in Southeast Queensland, 1872 - 2017

Robin and Rodney Sullivan: Memorialising Irish Australians in Southeast Queensland, 1872 - 2017

This presentation investigates Irish-Australian memorialisation in Southeast Queensland, from 1872 to 2017. The sample ranges from 1870s obelisks to a commemorative headstone in Nudgee Cemetery, unveiled in 2017. It includes memorials to both Protestant and Catholic Irish and examines the messages they can transmit, not only about the past, but also the present and the future. The presentation concludes with some reflections on Irish-Australian memorialisation and the interplay between history and memory.

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