Posts Tagged ‘migration’

A certain maritime incident

December 3, 2004

A Certain Maritime Incident. The Sinking of the SIEV X, by Tony Kevin, Scribe Publications, Melbourne

Jenny Haines

Like David Marr and Marian Wilkinson in Dark Victory, Tony Kevin has done a masterful job in documenting the facts, as they are known, about the sinking of the SIEV X, a small vessel that left Canti Bay near Bandar Lumpung, Indonesia, on October 18, 2001, with 421 passengers on board.

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Dark Victory

December 4, 2003

Dark Victory, by David Marr and Marian Wilkinson, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 2003

Jenny Haines

This book has to be read in small doses. I had to read it that way as I kept having to pause to consider the profound shock and horror I felt at what Australia has become under the leadership of John Howard and his government. It is a torrid read of the “secret history of John Howard’s campaign against boat people that began with the Tampa and ended 10 extraordinary weeks later — after deaths and disappearances, violent confrontation in the Indian Ocean and international uproar — with the Australian people giving the Prime Minister his third, most daring election victory”, (cover notes, Dark Victory).

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An Irish family in Australia

June 2, 1999

The Goulds, O’Hallorans and Conlons

Bob Gould

How my Irish ancestors and relatives, the Goulds, the O’Hallorans and the Conlons, got to Australia as part of the great wave of Irish immigration in the 19th century. What happened to them here and how they got caught up in the political upheavals of their times.

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