No Irish Need Apply Down Under

The veracity of anti-Irish discrimination in the US, evidenced by the sign ‘No Irish Need Apply’, has apparently been challenged in some quarters of academia in recent times. According to this article, Richard J. Jensen, a professor of history at the University of Illinois-Chicago, led the charge. For anyone raised in an Irish household, to question what are matters of cultural knowledge and lived experience would most likely appear as nothing more than further evidence of said discrimination. I was interested to see, following Rebecca Fried, what a search in the national newspaper archive might return. Of the 882 instances found, here is a sampling of some of the earlier clippings.

The Australian, Saturday 5 October 1839 (left-above); The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, Thursday 14 November 1839 (left-below); The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, Monday 6 January 1840 (right).

The Australian, Saturday 5 October 1839 (left-above); The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, Thursday 14 November 1839 (left-below); The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, Monday 6 January 1840 (right).

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