Gosnells’ convict past

Published on Friday 24 August, 2018


Learn about the convicts who escaped Fremantle Prison and made their way to the Gosnells area, at a free local history talk next month.

On Saturday 8 September, City of Gosnells Heritage Collections Supervisor Michelle Hobbs will discuss convict transportation in the early days of Gosnells, and provide an insight into the challenges faced by the locals and convicts.

“The arrival of convicts in Fremantle in 1850 affected the whole of Western Australia, including our own City,” Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said.

“Although the use of convict labour helped to build much of Perth’s buildings and infrastructure, it wasn’t always smooth sailing.

“The convicts’ stories, and the ways in which they influenced the Gosnells community, provide a fascinating insight into our City’s history.”

Some brief tips on researching whether your own family has a convict history will also be included.

Bookings are essential and refreshments will be provided.