Playing Irish Workhouse - Birr

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An explanation of the workhouse system which was an early form of social welfare where poor people would live and work in the workhouse.

Note  at 4:37, how the surplus of girls was handled:  the government's solution was found in Australia.

"There was great demand for female domestic servants in Australia", so the "selected orphan girls" were given free passage to Australia. 

[For more, see Child Migration, and how governments solve the problem of unwanted children.]


Investigating the ghosts of the past

A modern investigation of the workhouses of yesterday can be found here:


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