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Orphan Girl

First line:
I am an orphan girl
author of text

Orphan Girl was written by Brendan Graham for a ceremony held in 2012 at Sydney’s Hyde Park Barracks to commemorate the relocation of over four thousand female orphans who were brought from Ireland during the Great Famine of the 1840s. An Orphan & Pauper Scheme was devised by Henry George Grey during his time as Secretary of State for War and the Colonies (1846-1852) and was designed to resettle destitute girls from the failing network of workhouses to a land in much need of females. It is sung from the perspective of one of these girls on the night before her inspection, which would decide whether she could travel to this far-away land, Australia. Graham wrote the song to ‘help fade the girls into history’. The names of some of the girls are etched into a glass wall memorial now standing in Sydney’s Hyde Park. Orphan Girl was first performed by the Australian Girls’ Choir and Sarah Calderwood at the 2012 ceremony.

from notes by Desmond Earley © 2015


Invisible Stars
Studio Master: SIGCD436Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 8 on SIGCD436 [5'15] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD436 track 8

Recording date
22 March 2015
Recording venue
Castleknock College Chapel, Dublin, Ireland
Recording producer
Nigel Short
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Invisible Stars (SIGCD436)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: December 2015
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