Francis Thackaberry: ‘Industrious poor’ and ‘strolling vagabonds’
October 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
An exploration of attitudes and responses to poverty in eighteenth-century Dublin by Francis Thackaberry.
The citizens of prosperous Georgian Dublin associated poverty with idleness, disease and moral decay and sought ways to prevent ‘foreign’ vagrants from ‘infesting’ the city.
One response was to found Dublin’s first tax-funded workhouse in James’s Street in 1703. Francis Thackaberry is a former teacher, journalist, and arts administrator.
His interests include social, economic, and local history and he is currently researching the suburban expansion of Dublin in the parish of St James in the period 1750–1850.