To celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the inaugural Shamrock in the Bush a special publication was produced through the co-operative efforts of twenty-three Irish and Australian authors. Nearly all the contributors have presented papers at past Shamrocks.

The Irish have been at the centre of the Australian story since 1788. This collection of twenty-three essays illustrates the diversity and dynamism of the Irish contribution to Australia's national life from colonial beginnings to the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Australia in the mid-twentieth century.

The essays take the reader on a journey through the experiences of the Irish in Australia from the early days of settlement, through rebellions, transportation, immigration, famine, religion, bushranging, politics, war, literature, music and art, to diplomatic relations and republicanism. Written for a general readership with an interest in history it will be of great value to students of Irish Australian history with rich sources of reference material contained within the endnotes of each essay.

It is a quality illustrated publication of 270 pages with an extensive bibliography and both name and thematic indexes.

View the list of contributors and topics.

The editors Dr Richard Reid, Cheryl Mongan and Prof Jeff Brownrigg would like to sincerely thank the authors, photographer Brendon Kelson, editor Carolyn Page, graphic designer Rosanna Horn, Paragon Printers, the Friends of Ireland and especially His Excellency Máirtín Ó Fainín, Irish Ambassador to Australia for his generous support and promotion of the publication.

All proceeds from the sale of the publication will go towards the establishment and maintenance of the museum, archive and library in Galong House.

Registrants for Shamrock in the Bush are offered a special price of $20.00 per copy.

To order copies of the publication please download the order form.

Send completed order form with a cheque made payable to St Clement's Retreat and Conference Centre to

Shamrock in the Bush

C/- P O Box 563



This page last updated: 11 June 2013