From East to West You Gather a People: Being Catholic in Australia through eight generations from the convict era to the new millennium
Fr Hardiman weaves a vast human tapestry commencing with the arrival of Charlotte Simpson on the all-female convict ship, Lady Juliana, with the Second Fleet arriving in Port Jackson in 1790 and her incarceration on Norfolk Island. Here she enters into a relationship with Hugh Maginnis, who arrived in 1791 on the Queen, the first ship with an all-Irish contingent of convicts. Charlotte Simpson has five children to Maginnis, which is the beginning of eight generations of an Australian (mainly Catholic) dynasty, numbering in the thousands.
With the discovery of gold in Victoria in 1851 large numbers of "free Irish" flooded into the tapestry weaving the names of Russell, O'Connor, Crennan, O'Sullivan, O'Callaghan, Byrne, Morrissey and Hardiman.
In a sense this very large work is a compendium of individual family histories the research of which will be of inestimable value to the descendants. [Excerpt from a Review by Brian Peachey, accessed from: http://www.ad2000.com.au/articles/2004/nov2004p17_1800.html (8/10/10)]
Hardiman, R. (2002). From east to west you gather a people: Being Catholic in Australia through eight generations from the convict era to the new millennium. Victoria Park, WA: Hesperian Press.