An exciting new concept, “Convict Tracks of the Victoria District” is to be launched on the weekend of 2 & 3 June 2018. In acknowledgement of the crucial role convicts had in the development of the Midwest, local organisations have worked together to create a drive trail to be called “Convict Tracks of the Victoria District”, which is the region between the Arrowsmith & Murchison Rivers. This trail incorporates exhibitions about convicts at the Irwin District Museum, the Greenough Museum and Gardens, the Old Geraldton Gaol, Lynton Convict Depot and the Chapman Valley Museum.
Between 1850 and 1868, 9,721 male convicts were transported to Western Australia on 43 convict ship voyages. This period also ties in with the opening up of what was then known as the Victoria District to European settlement. Over 2,000 convicts along with the pensioner guards (British army veterans) who also came out on these ships were to live, work and die here.
Discover the uniqueness of the Western Australian convict system; find out about those who went on to become prominent members of our communities, and those who failed to adapt. Marvel at relics from the convict era. Search the date bases, maybe one of your ancestors is there.
Saturday 2 June
9.00am – 11am – Irwin District Museum, 5 Waldeck Street, Dongara (coffee & tea provided)
- Self-guided tour Russ Cottage
- Drive to Central Greenough Historic Settlement
11.30 – 12.45pm – Central Greenough Historic Settlement (Purchase own lunch)
- Self-guided tour of the Central Greenough Historic Settlement – Cost $8pp
- Drive to Greenough Museum and Gardens
1.00pm – 2.30pm – Greenough Museum and Gardens (coffee & tea provided)
- Drive to Geraldton
3.00pm – 4.00pm – Old Geraldton Gaol, Cnr Bayley Street & Chapman Road
Sunday 3 June
10.00am – 11.30am Lynton Convict Depot (self-guided tour and morning tea)
- Drive to Northampton
12.00 – 1.30pm Chiverton House (Purchase own lunch in Northampton or take a picnic lunch to have at the museum, weather providing)
- Drive to Chapman Valley Museum via Nabawa Road.
2.00pm – 3.30pm Chapman Valley Museum (coffee & tea provided).
For more information please contact : Gary – Greenough Museum – (08)99 261 890 – [email protected]