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IN­SPIRED by the sto­ries of colo­nial women, Tas­ma­nian artist Christina Henri will have a bless­ing the bon­nets cer­e­mony and launch a trib­ute called “Ir­ish Roses” to Ir­ish women and chil­dren on Sun­day at Fre­man­tle Prison.

Ir­ish Roses pays homage to Ir­ish women who mi­grated to Fre­man­tle on the “bride ships” from 1849 to 1889.

Miss Henri said she had been in­ter­ested in shin­ing a light and re­mem­ber­ing in par­tic­u­lar women and chil­dren trans­ported to Aus­tralia for about five years.

“The Roses from the Heart Memorial val­i­dates the lives of the thou­sands of women trans­ported and the women, many termed ‘Or­phan Girls’, who mi­grated un­der the Earl Grey Scheme and Ir­ish Roses,” she said.

“Thou­sands of bon­nets have been cre­ated; all as­pects of the project re­tain a fo­cus on de­mon­strat­ing the im­por­tance of art as a sig­nif­i­cant tool to bring at­ten­tion to his­tory.”

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