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Edited By Marguerite Corporaal, Christopher Cusack, Lindsay Janssen and Ruud van den Beuken
Transnational and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
The typhus epidemic of was an outbreak of epidemic typhus caused by a massive Irish emigration in , during the Great Famine , aboard crowded and disease-ridden " coffin ships ". In Canada, more than 20, people died from to , with many quarantined in fever sheds in Grosse Isle , Montreal, Kingston , Toronto and Saint John. Grosse Isle, Quebec is an island in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence , home to a quarantine station set up in to contain a cholera epidemic, and home to thousands of Irish emigrants from to
The Great Famine Voices Roadshow is a series of open house events in the United States and Canada that bring together Irish emigrants, their descendants, and members of their communities to share family memories and stories of coming from Ireland to North America, especially during the period of the Great Hunger and afterwards. A selection of these family memories and stories will be made freely available on the Great Famine Voices online archive. April 11th 4pm Mary Street, University of Toronto. For queries, or if you would like to contribute a family memory or story online, contact Dr Jason King at the Irish Heritage Trust: faminestudies irishheritagetrust.
To see what's new on this site, you can visit the Home Page. Looking at this page on a smartphone? For best viewing, hold your phone in Landscape mode Horizontal. In a nice patch of vegetation in Toronto's downtown core on the south side of King Street West across from Duncan Street, is this Heritage Toronto plaque. It tells the story of the arrival in Toronto in of nearly 40, impoverished Irish immigrants. As well, in Ireland Park on the waterfront just east of the foot of Bathurst Street are five statues representing the state of the immigrants as they came ashore. Photos of these are farther down the page. Here's what the Heritage Toronto plaque says:.