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Death in the DiasporaBritish and Irish Gravestones$
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Nicholas Evans and Angela McCarthy

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474473781

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474473781.001.0001

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Irish Memorialisation in South Australia, 1850–99

Irish Memorialisation in South Australia, 1850–99

(p.127) 6 Irish Memorialisation in South Australia, 1850–99
Death in the Diaspora

Janine McEgan

Edinburgh University Press

The extent to which expressions of ‘Irishness’ were materialised in the new colony of South Australia through tangible material culture provides an avenue for archaeologists to explore. Given the highly symbolic and communicative functions of cemetery material culture, expressions of ‘Irishness’ may be found in the memorialisation of death and remembrance. The relatively low proportion of Irish settlers in this colony resulted in the Irish being invisible in a number of ways: their narratives are not dominant in the foundation of the state. This chapter explores the degree to which cultural traditions were incorporated in the material culture of Irish graves, and what this implies for expressions of ‘Irishness’ in South Australia, with some expression of Irish culture being maintained through memorialisation though with subtle, rather than overt, symbolism and text.

Keywords:   Irish, Irishness, memorialisation, migration, emotion, religion, cultural heritage, Australia, South Australia

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