My WALSH ancestors were free immigrants from Ireland, who fled the famine in successive stages to Australia. They came from the parish of Ballylanders in County Limerick, Ireland, and moved across the nearby border to the parish of Mitchelstown in County Cork, where the two youngest children were baptised.
Two siblings arrived in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in 1849 and another two in 1851: all four were assisted immigrants. The rest of the family arrived after 1851, we think by paying their passage from money sent by the four already in Australia, as there is no record of the rest of the family being assisted immigrants. They unfortunately (for their genealogist descendants) arrived at a time when full passenger lists were not kept for those who paid their way, unless they travelled first class - the passenger lists give the names of the first class passengers, then just say things like "12 male, 10 female, second class, 35 male, 38 female steerage".
The top of the tree starts with John Walsh and Ellen Kiely
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