This blog has been established by a group of public historians to mark the sesquicentenary of the arrival in Western Australia of the last convict transport to land in Australia, the frigate Hougoumont. The 875 ton Hougoumont docked in Fremantle on 9 January 1868 and landed a cargo of 279 convicts and 108 other passengers.
This blog is devoted to charting the many convicts landed in Western Australia between 1850 and 1868, and who found their way to the Victoria District. Centred on Champion Bay (now Geraldton) the Victoria District extended northwards to Port Gregory and Northampton and southwards to the Greenough Flats and the Irwin Valley. This is the Old Victoria District known to the convict men and their families.
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