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At one point when the ratio of men to women was too high they went around to a bunch of workhouses and orphanages and took any girl aged 13 and above and shipped them to Australia. They didn't need the excuse of having committed a crime, they were poor and Irish and therefor cattle. I rarely get involved in discussions like this because I have a long family history from both sides of where some people like to draw a line but fact is fact. Irish were used to populate colonies with a workforce. When slavery was outlawed by Britain, which was very progressive for the time, they used other excuses like they were criminals or in the case of these children they were burdens on the state and marrying them would provide stability for them.


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