End of Transportation

The arrival in Western Australia of the Hougoumont, with its cargo of convicts and Pensioner Guards, marked the end of transportation worldwide. The 9 January 2018 will mark the 150th Anniversary of this event and so the WA Genealogical Society and the Royal WA Historical Society will be holding a series of Joint Presentations and Displays of Artefacts and Photographs of the men who came to the Swan River Colony, both in chains and in Uniform, during the convict era.  Both societies will have two events.


The WAGS events will be at unit 4, 48 May St Bayswater and are:

14 January - 1:30pm - Convicts - The Hougoumont Men - Presenter, Bevan Carter and Joanne Hyland

20 January - 10:30am - Enrolled Pensioner Guards - The Hougoumont Men - Presenter, Lorraine Clarke

The RWAHS events will be at 49 Broadway Nedlands

24 January - 5.30pm for drinks and nibbles (starts 6pm) - Enrolled Pensioner Forces and Local Forces - Presenter, Robert Mitchell

11 February - 10am (starts 10.30am) - Convictism in WA - Presenter, Dr Pamela Statham Drew

To finalise the commemoration, WAGS has organised a "Where did they come from?" Research Day at the State Library of WA on 15 February 2018. WAGS volunteers will be available to help you with your research on the 3rd floor and there will be 3 talks on the 4th floor. Bevan Carter will talk about British Convict Records, Gillian O’Mara about Guards Records and Mike Murray about UK records for tracing ancestors and relatives.

pdfArticle 970.12 KB  that was in December issue of WAGS journal, Western Ancestor

For further information including how to book, refer to the WAGS events calendar for each event.


Last Updated on Saturday, 06 January 2018 16:32