ON THE COAST
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.”