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Mary Of York

By Donna Marwick-O’Brien


Mary of York tells the inspiring story of a young Irish girl in the 1850s who sailed from a workhouse in Ireland to Fremantle in Western Australia. Her story resonates with so many others who have left the shores of their birthplace to begin a new life in another country. This inspiring song was written by Donna Marwick-O’Brien about her Great Great Grandmother, Mary Ann Taylor, who went on to live an amazing life in York, Western Australia.

Lyrics such as, “Once there was a time when life was more than how to survive, and “Once she’d felt the warmth and the love in her mother’s eyes” remind us of the terrible hardships faced by so many. This song was performed in 2017 for the President of Ireland, Michael D.Higgins and his wife Sabina. It was also a favourite at the One Big Voice Festival in 2017.

The book about Mary’s life journey is available in our Merchandise Store.  It was written by historian and author, William Marwick – Mary’s Great Grandson.

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Download includes:

  • Sheet music with melody line and chords
  • Lyrics
  • Mp3 – full performance
  • Mp3 – instrumental backing track
  • Mp3 – Part 1 vocals
  • Mp3 – Part 2 vocals
  • Mp3 – Part 3 vocals


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