2The answer to Mc Donagh's question can be found in the music that developed in Australia, sung by colonial singers within the Irish diaspora, dating from the songs brought by the convicts and sailors who travelled to Australia on the First Fleet.Transportation ballads, which were often published as broadsides (printed on unfolded sheets of paper that could be pasted upon walls or carried easily), were the earliest of these songs, with titles such as 'The Convict Maid', 'The Transport's Lament' and 'The Black Velvet Band'.Irish music in Australia has a strong tradition though it is less thoroughly documented and less frequently the subject of scholarly inquiry than in Ireland, the British Isles and North America.From the earliest days of white settlement in Australia, the Irish represented a significant proportion of total immigrants.
"It can be a powerful feeling to stand in the same places where such violent history happened ... And today it's even more important." The award-winning book was developed with the Alabama Tourism Department and features vintage photographs alongside contemporary images of churches and other landmarks where African-Americans challenged racial barriers in the 1950s and 1960s."I think there is a movement or a resurgence right now, given the life and times of civil rights today in this country," says Brad White, chief creative officer at Luckie & Company, an advertising agency that produced both a civil rights tourism smartphone app and an award-winning book."It seems like civil rights education has taken on a more pressing need right now given the issues that have surfaced with profiling and police, and Black Lives Matter.One in three convicts transported to Australia from Great Britain after 1798 was Irish.
About 20 per cent of these were connected with political and agrarian unrest in England and Ireland and many who survived transportation and incarceration continued rebellious activities directed at the ruling class in Australia.
The book's aim is to highlight places that are still accessible today.