Parents' Notes for Sgeulachdan Imrich (Migration Diaries) Gaelic language historically based migration diaries of children.

Sgeulachdan Imrich (Migration Diaries)



Read the fictional diaries of twelve children who migrated in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The stories are based on real migrations and historical events.

Diary

The main content of the diaries is outlined in the following table and may help stimulate discussion.

The twelve diaries are:

Diary Migration Year Reason Discussion Points
Kate O'Loughlin Ireland to Liverpool 1846 To escape poverty • Living conditions
• Illness and the effect on families
• Death
• Work
Donald MacDavid Scotland to Canada 1856 Highland Clearancesl • Difficulties with work
• Highland Clearances
• Views on the church
• Role of the factor
• Voyage to Canada
• Illnesses - Cholera, fever
• Comparison between Scotland and Canada
Emma Habershaw Acton, England to Manchester, England 1875 Looking for a better life • Living conditions
• Health issues
• Herbal remedies
• Death
• Cleanliness
• Work in the mill
Molly Nicolson Isle of Skye to Glasgow 1882 Economic hardship • Living conditions
• Rights
• Fighting
• Comparison between island and city
Edward Isaac Redruth, Cornwall to Boldon, North East England 1890 Looking for a better life • Addictions- drink, gambling
• Fighting
• Unpleasant nicknames
• Faith
Angelo Giovannini Italy to Scotland 1898 Leaving a hard lifestyle to look for better opportunities • Occupations
• Landowners
• Travel
Mair Jones Rhostryfan, Wales to Chicago, Ameirca 1903 Looking for a better life • Poverty
• Death
• Rights
• Cleanliness
• Travel
• New start
Aaron Rosenfeld Ukraine to England 1908 To escape persecution • Family
• Living conditions
• Food
• Faith
• Language - similies and idiom
• Health
• Travel
Mìcheal Conlon Ireland to New York 1909 Looking for a better life • Family
• Living conditions
• Travel
• Work
Eileen Finn Liverpool to Aberystwyth 1939 Wartime evacuation • Second World War
• Travel
• Rural living
Freda Buckingham England to Australia 1952 Economic reasons: Looking for a better life • Living conditions
• Peoples' Rights
• Travel
• Health
• Comparative study of two countries
Awaale Samakab Somàlia to Cardiff, Wales 1990 To escape war

Note: There is a picture of a gun on the second page of Awaale Samakab's diary.
• Life in Somàlia
• Guns
• Dangers - people, animals
• Faith
• Fleeing homeland
• Refugee camps

Click on a diary you would like to read. You can skip the introductory video and go straight to the diary if you wish.

Click on the map to see details of the child's journey and click on the diary to read it. The text in the diary is read out for you but this audio can be switched off using the "Fuaim Dheth" button.

Add a photograph or drawing to a diary page by clicking on one of the three pictures and photographs on the right hand side of the page and dragging them to the page. There is a short text caption and an audio description for each photograph and illustration which can be heard by rolling over the image.

Click on green arrow to turn the page.





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