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Serving time

The “Hougoumont” was the last ship to bring convicts to Fremantle, Western Australia. Among its voyages was that in 1867 bringing 62 Irish political prisoners (Fenians). Hougomont is also the name of the hotel I’m staying at in Fremantle, and on a wall in the lobby it lists all 62 men, the court where they were tried and the crimes of which they were convicted, and how much time they would have to serve in this dry, barren, isolated outpost of England. Few would ever have returned home.

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