Michael Hayes: The Life of a 1798 Wexford Rebel in Sydney

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Anchor Books Australia, 2019 - History
Michael Hayes born in Wexford, Ireland into a Catholic, middle-class family was transported to NSW for his part in the 1798 Rebellion. Arriving in Sydney in 1800 he prospered for a while, making a good living for his new family before falling on hard times. He drowned in 1825, aged fifty-seven, a newspaper report suggesting suicide.This book examines Hayes' life in the context of his letters to his family in Ireland. The need to remain connected to 'home' is the underlying theme of his letters. Hayes' nineteenth-century story resonates with the contemporary displacement of people throughout the world. Forced to make their way in a strange land, questions of connection remain crucial: how can precious memories be shared? Are those wrenched from their homeland remembered by those who remain behind?

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