President dedicates a Famine Memorial sculpture
Monday, 09th October, 2017
Location: Subiaco, Perth, Australia
The President unveiled a Famine Memorial in Subiaco Park.
The sculpture, commissioned by the West Australia Irish Famine Commemoration committee, is designed by Charlie Smith and Joan Walsh-Smith, originally from Waterford, and commemorates the Great Irish Famine.
In addition to the sculpture, the Committee has sourced and donated Famine Travel Boxes, commemorating the 4,000 women who were sent from workhouses in Ireland to Australia.
Replicas of the Travel Boxes have been made by the Irish Prison Service and one was presented to President Higgins in January 2017. (See http://www.president.ie/en/diary/details/president-presented-with-the-famine-times-travel-box-made-by-prisoners )