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Source: "The Irish famine, scene at the gate of the work-house", (Ridpath, 1907.)
Bridie’s Fire vividly recreates the era of Ireland during the potato famine and early colonial Victoria. (Kirsty Murray, n.d.)
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Bridie's Fire | Overview: Keywords
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Dublin, Famine, Gold rush, Historical fiction #, Immigration, Laissez-faire, Moralism, Potato blight, Providence, Refugee, Whig
Bridie's Fire | Overview: Articles
The Irish Famine (Donnelly, 2011)
"A million people are said to have died of hunger in Ireland in the late 1840s, on the doorstep of the world's richest nation. Ideology helped the ruling class avoid grappling with the problem of mass starvation. Jim Donnelly describes how." (BBC, 2011)
Learn about the great hunger, (Ireland's Great Hunger Museum, n.d.)
The mission of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University is to collect, preserve, exhibit and study its collection of art, artifacts and literature related to the Irish Famine/Great Hunger that occurred from 1845–52. The museum contains the world’s largest collection of Great Hunger-related art by noted contemporary Irish and Irish American artists as well as a number of period paintings by some of Ireland’s most important 19th-century artists.
Bridie's Fire | Overview: Teacher resources
Bridie's Fire | Overview: Books and eBooks
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Bridie's Fire by
Publication Date: 2003
"Bridie's Fire" is the tale of a fiery Irish girl who leaves Ireland to find a home for herself in goldrush Australia.
Bridie's Fire - short loan copy by
Publication Date: 2005
Bridie's Fire is the tale of a fiery Irish girl who leaves Ireland to find a home for herself in goldrush Australia..
Kerferd Library short loan collection. One day loan, or overnight loan, for students who have misplaced their copy of the text.
Bridie's Fire | Overview: Videos
Kirsty Murray discusses the history and ideas behind her quartet of Australian historical fiction "Children of the Wind". (Murray, 2010)
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In text reference / citation: Murray (2010) or (Murray, 2010)
Bibliography / Reference list:Murray, K., (2010). Children of the Wind [eVideo]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/iBwneWWwSi8
Bridie's Fire | Overview: Curriculum alignment
Literacy [Australian General Capability.1]
The knowledge and skills needed to access, understand, analyse and evaluate information, make meaning, express thoughts and emotions, present ideas and opinions, interact with others and participate in activities.
Comprehending texts through listening, reading and viewing [Australian General Capability.11]
Using strategies for reading and viewing texts, including using applied topic knowledge, vocabulary and visual knowledge. Listening for information and to carry out tasks and participate in discussions. Using strategies for comprehending spoken, written, visual and multimodal texts, including retrieving literal information and making inferences.