Genius in a Bottle
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Genius in a Bottle

Australian-Irish History | Family Genealogy

The Brooch that Pins My Family Together

GiaB ‘Dear Genie’ prompt #1: family

A three panel image comprising a yellowed photo of a middle-aged woman sitting holding an open book and dressed in a dark coloured high-necked period dress circa 1890; an oblong gold brooch in a box with a handwritten note, ‘Grandma Podbury’s brooch’ and an old B&W photo of an old white-haired woman in a dark long-sleeved dress standing in front of a brick wall.
Two undated photos of my great-great-grandmother, Annie Podbury (1845–1938) and her brooch (photos supplied by author with credit to Mary Lynch Pearson)

What if my great-great-great-grandfather, James Kelly, hadn’t been a farmer in Kilkenny, Ireland during the Great Famine of 1845–1852?

What if he hadn’t been forced off his farming plot and into the most wretched…

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