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Contacts & next meeting

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The group meets quarterly on the second Sunday of January, April, July and October at 1.30pm. Meeting place is WAGS, Unit 4/48 May Street, Bayswater.


Convenor:    Eva Smith

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Next Meeting   Sunday  14th January at 1.30pm at WAGS.

To commemorate the 150 th Anniversary of the arrival of the final convict transport the "Houghoumont", we have a special talk from Bevan Carter and Joanne Hyland about the ship and its convicts.

Joanne will provide an overview on the Fenians from the Hougoumont and then focus on the story of Fenian exile James Kearney and family. Joanne is a historian, museum curator and genealogist with a passion for all things History. Her own family research led her to undertake history honours in Western Australian Convictism ten years ago and this is where she finds herself today; exploring the many fascinating stories that emanate from just 18 years of convict transportation to the Swan River Colony.

Bevan will be talking on several of the other criminals on the ship that were not fenians, including those men whose descendants have provided photos of their forbears. He is an accomplished speaker and has written several books on local and family history. He is a former WAGS President and volunteers at SLWA every month to help Family History researchers with their queries, specialising in the Convict problems.


Following the meeting, Afternoon Tea will be offered, with an opportunity to chat with other like minded members of the Convict Special Interest Group.

We hope you will be able to attend.

As there are other events planned during Januuary and February 2018 to mark this momentous occasion, we suggest you look at the WAGS  Events Calendar so as not to miss other SIG activities.

The Royal Western Australian Historical Society Inc. is also hosting special events during this time.

 Future Meeting/s - Have a look at:



WAGS Event Calendar



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