The 'new Irish' in Australia : a Western Australian perspective

Jean Chetkovich

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

    699 Downloads (Pure)


    [Truncated] This thesis is a contribution to the study of the Irish diaspora. Its focus is Irish immigrants to Western Australia who arrived between 1945 and 1995 thus becoming part of a group known as the 'new Irish', a term coined to distinguish them from their colonial antecedents. Patrick O'Farrell, writing in The Irish in Australia, has produced the only major analysis to date of the characteristics of the postwar Irish in Australia.Using a Western Australian case study, primarily supported by evidence from interviews and a written survey, I critique O'Farrell's assertions about the new Irish and their relationship to Australian society. O'Farrell's contention that postwar Irish immigrants do not make 'that movement of heart and mind, away from Ireland, into Australia' is not borne out in the Perth context. The majority of the group of migrants studied were found to be settling well in Australia while retaining what they choose from their previous life in Ireland. They were not, as O'Farrell suggests, 'happy apart' from Australian society.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2002

    Take-down notice

    • This thesis has been made available in the UWA Profiles and Research Repository as part of a UWA Library project to digitise and make available theses completed before 2003. If you are the author of this thesis and would like it removed from the UWA Profiles and Research Repository, please contact


    Dive into the research topics of 'The 'new Irish' in Australia : a Western Australian perspective'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this