X10474 | Clon and Tom Murphy
Clon and Tom Murphy
1880-1890, 19th century
11.8 x 9.4 cm
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Keys to History
In New Brunswick, the years of the Great Famine have been looked upon as "the time when the Irish came". The poignant events of those lean years have tended to eclipse the long and complex history of Irish immigration to the province, which began in the 18th century.
Source : Out of Ireland [Web tour], by New Brunswick Museum (see Links)
The Murphys are wearing typical labourer's clothing from the late 19th century.
By the 1870s, the main concentrations of Irish population were near urban centers and ports of entry such as Saint John and Miramichi.
By 1871, the Irish of New Brunswick numbered 100 000 out of a total population of 285 000.
While some members of the Irish community prospered, most remained farmers or labourers through the 19th century.