In the last post I mentioned a possible use for completed family reconstitutions viz. maps showing the location of the orphans at particular times in their lives. Here’s a couple I used in Barefoot 2–the location of the orphans in Victoria in c.1861. This one is based on the birth records of their children. The second one is the location of the orphans in Victoria at the end of their lives c.1890-1901; this one is based on their death certificates.
Mike Murphy used some of these maps in that magnificent volume, Atlas of the Great Irish Famine, p. 554. A couple relating to Queensland in particular also appeared in Irish Women in Colonial Australia, pp.112-3. Obviously the more information is gathered about the orphans the more these maps will need redrawing. Nor do you have to stick with the dates I’ve chosen.
Anyways, for your perusal…perhaps you can see the influence of the Victorian gold rushes?
Earl Grey Orphans in Victoria c. 1861
Earl Grey orphans in Victoria c. 1891-1901
As you can see, family reconstitutions have more than one use. Maybe you can think of others?