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Oceans of Consolation Paperback – January, 1994

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This volume of first-person accounts of more than 100 letters edited by Fitzpatrick (modern history, Trinity Coll., Dublin) is a major new addition to scholarship. The author's detailed biographies of the correspondents place them in historical context by tracing their Irish backgrounds and Australian careers. Included is the personal correspondence, accompanied by contemporary engravings and photographs, of 14 families of Irish emigrants to the Australian colonies from 1843 to 1906. Librarians will especially appreciate the chapter on sources, a bibliographic essay discussing Australian and Irish migration sources, and Irish Australian letters. This excellent, scholarly work is a solid contribution to the study of popular culture and to the history of emigration. As such, it is an important acquisition for libraries collecting Irish and Australian history and emigration history. Highly recommended for academic libraries.
Judith P. Reid, Library of Congress
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'I am humbled by what Professor Fitzpatrick has done so exhaustively and so well . . . It would be hard, if not impossible, to better his treatment of the exercise he has undertaken; this is a showpiece, a master class, in the handling of a certain type of historical source.' -- Patrick O'Farrell, The Sydney Morning Herald --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass (January 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801482305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801482304
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,268,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Philip Caudill on May 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
Oceans of Consolation is a collection of 111 letters written between 1843 and 1906 to and from members of 14 families of Irish immigrants to Australia. The collections were gathered and the book is edited by David Fitzpatrick, an associate professor of Modern History and Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin.

The letters are augmented by profiles on each of the families written from genealogical, biographical and historiographical sources that give context to the letters and by six themed chapters in which Fitzpatrick analyzes the letters and the general subject of Irish emigration.

The author claims his work is distinguished from similar collections of Irish emigrant correspondence by its focus on "the forgotten vernacular of the steerage classes." In other words, Fitzpatrick aims to give insight into the Australian migration experience of Ireland's lower economic classes.

The book includes a Preface and an introductory first chapter explaining the method of the work. The Introduction is required reading if one is to have a thorough understanding of the many aspects of the author's complicated research method that yields what one well-published Australian historian calls a "showpiece."

The sets of letters penned by members of the 14 families are organized into chapters in four groups: News from Australia with three chapters of letters and associated family profiles; Victorian Voices containing profiles and letters to/from members of five families; News from Home, with letters and profiles of three families; and Ulster Accents with similar content on and by three families.

Six chapters of analysis follow the 14 family profile / letter chapters.
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Mr Fitzpatrick has researched this topic well, as one would expect, and produced a book which will be of immense help to researchers and family historians.
With an Irish/Australian family background, I found the book very helpful in putting a detailed perspective on the privations of the Irish Immigrants, and those left behind in the homeland.
The book is not a light read. But it is very readable.
PS. I wish the publisher had bound the book as well as the author/editor had written it. Be careful. It will fall apart if opened wide!
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