Annual General Meeting - The Hougoumont - last of the convict ships

When: 05:30pm - 19/09/2018

Location: Stirling House 49 Broadway Nedlands


The Annual General Meeting is to be held at Stirling House on Wednesday 19 September at 6pm. Refreshments available from 5.30pm; Bookshop open until 6pm.

1. Welcome & Apologies.
2. Confirmation of minutes of AGM, 20 September 2017.
3. Business arising from the minutes.
4. Treasurer’s Report and presentation of Annual Accounts.
5. President’s Annual Report.
6. Chairperson Annual Report.
7. Declaration of elected members to replace outgoing Council members.
8. Confirmation of Patron and Vice-Patrons.
9. Approval of Honorary Advisors recommended by Council.
10. General Business.

Meeting closes.

Following the meeting, Bevan Carter will speak on ‘The Hougoumont – last of the convict ships’.

The 150th anniversary of the last of the convict ships to Australia is a good opportunity to examine the change in societal attitudes which caused the end of the scheme that had been practised for well over 200 years. Although abolished in name in 1857, transportation continued for another decade before finally ceasing shortly after the Hougoumont began its voyage in October 1867.

The final convict transport has gained interest because of the presence of 62 Irish political prisoners, or Fenians, among the 270 criminals on board. Their presence created excessive fear in Australia, mostly whipped up by an irresponsible press. These fears were proven groundless when the Gladstone government pardoned the civilian Fenians in 1869. Although news of their freedom did not reach them for some months, by the end of the year most of the Fenians had left WA with the majority making their way to the USA. The handful of men who stayed here made a significant contribution to Western Australia.

Bevan Carter has Science and Education degrees from the University of Sydney and qualifications in computing from Curtin University. He has lectured at TAFE and taught senior high school maths and science. He was Mayor of the Town of Bassendean from 1991 to 2005. Since his retirement he has concentrated on environmental, family history, and WA historical research and publishing, and is the author and co-author of several books, among them: King Eddie’s: a history of Western Australia’s premier women’s hospital (2016), Settlement to City: a history of the Armadale district and its people (2011), Robert Brown botanist with Matthew Flinders (2002), Nyungah land: records of invasion and theft of Aboriginal land on the Swan River 1829-1850 (2008), and From Norfolk poacher to Northam farmer: the life, time and descendants of Robert Carter and Phoebe Oxbury (2006).

Event information: Annual General Meeting - The Hougoumont - last of the convict ships

Cost Donation at the door