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FENIANS LECTURE AT MARITIME MUSEUM

Posted in city of fremantle, convicts, history, Uncategorized by freoview on January 10, 2020

 

Today 152 years ago the Hougoumont arrived in Fremantle to deliver the last of the convicts brought to Western Australia.

On board were 62 Irish political Fenians prisoners, and this Sunday Melbourne human rights lawyer Bernie Bropho will talk about that at the Freo Maritime Museum at 4pm.

Roel Loopers

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BRILLIANT NEW CATALPA RESCUE BOOK

Posted in book, city of fremantle, convicts, fremantle prison, history, publishing, Uncategorized by freoview on April 24, 2019

 

Catalpa

 

I highly recommend the just released new book The Catalpa Rescue by famous Australian author Peter FitzSimons.

The very well written and easy to read book is about the historic escape from Fremantle Prison by Irish convicts, who took horse&cart to Rockingham where they boarded the whaling boat Catalpa that had been sent from the USA.

But the book is much more that only the escape, as it also explains The Rising, the rise of the Irish Brotherhood in Ireland and its USA equivalent the Fenian Brotherhood.

I love history and knew very little about the Irish uprising against the English and can’t wait to continue with the book, which I have only read the first 50 pages of so far. I am mesmerised already.

Go and buy it for $ 35.00 at New Edition in High Street! It is well worth it.

The story of the Fenians is also told at Fremantle Prison, so take the kids there!

Roel Loopers

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