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Men of Honour? The Escape of the Young Irelanders from Van Diemen's Land


Petrow, S, Men of Honour? The Escape of the Young Irelanders from Van Diemen's Land, Journal of Australian Colonial History, 7 pp. 139-160. ISSN 1441-0370 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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Of all the political prisoners transported to Van Diemen's Land, the Irishmen who led the Young Ireland nationalist movement in a failed rebellion against English rule in 1848 were among the most famous. These men of energy and intelligence met their transportation with dignity and in their different ways adapted to their new environment. But they were young men at 45 the leader, William Smith O'Brien, was the oldest and they never saw Van Diemen's Land as their final resting place. They hoped to serve Ireland in the future. This article will focus on the experiences of five Young Irelanders in Van Diemen's Land who attempted to escape (in the case of O'Brien) or did escape (in the case of Terence Bellew MacManus, Thomas Francis Meagher, Patrick O'Donohoe, and John Mitchel). It will consider the reasons for and means of their escape, especially whether they escaped in a noble and honourable way as befitting their status as gentlemen. This point obsessed them in their journals, letters home, and careers after leaving Van Diemen's Land.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Van Diemen's Land, prisoners, Young Ireland nationalist movement, Young Irelanders, escape
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Petrow, S (Professor Stefan Petrow)
ID Code:37369
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2012-11-26
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