|CUIMHNÍMÍS 'Gaeil i dTír na nGauchos' Irish immigrants in the Land of the Gauchos (Los inmigrantes irlandeses en el País de los Gauchos)|
|THE DRESDEN AFFAIR|
two representatives were appointed by the government of the Argentine Republic
to come to Ireland, to persuade/invite applications from would be Irish
emigrant families to participate in the Argentine Republic Emigration Scheme.
Assisted passages to Buenos Aires were offered and many labourers, tradesmen
and clerical workers decided to sign up on the basis that promises by the
agents would be forthcoming when the Irish arrived in
Buenos Aires Port. On Friday 25th January 1889 they departed from
Queenstown (Cobh) on board the
Norddeutscher Lloyd vessel, SS DRESDEN,
which arrived in Buenos Aires circa Saturday 16th February 1889 with an
estimated 1772 emigrants.
here is a full verbatim extract of a letter
to the editor of the Nation newspaper (in Ireland) dated 13th April 1889. This
is a rare contemporaneous eye witness account related by
Father Matthew Gaughran O.M.I, of
what had occurred to the SS DRESDEN families when they arrived in Buenos
Aires. Father Gaughren OMI was with our families on board the steamer SS
DRESDEN as she entered Buenos Aires city, and later on stayed with the Irish
colonists in the camp at
which was located approximately 30km north of Bahia Blanca in the vicinity of
Napostá, in the southern part of Buenos Aires province.
Also included is
a verbatim extract from the book 'The Story of the Irish in Argentina' by
Thomas Murray - Published - PJ Kenedy & Sons, 1919 , New York) with particular
reference to the Dresden Affair.
[Note: The estimated 1772 passengers
on board the SS Dresden which departed Queenstown on Friday the 25th January
1889 for Buenos Aires, also included approximately 250 British (England,
Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), emigrants, who had previously embarked
in Southampton prior to arriving in Queenstown (Cobh), County Cork, the
remainder of the DRESDEN passengers came from all parts of Ireland].
The Emigrants To Argentina