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Gentlemen and Convicts on Cockatoo Island: a talk by writer and researcher Sue Castrique

Saturday, 19 August 2023 | 11am - 12:30pm | Liverpool | General

In 1839 a penal settlement was created on Cockatoo Island so it would be ‘under the eye of authority’.

But the domination of Charles Ormsby, an autocratic superintendent, turned building a dry dock into ten years of conflict.

The real problem was that the island had become a secret gentleman’s fight club with convicts involved in bare-knuckle prize fights at a time when the sport was essentially illegal.

This talk will reveal some long-held secrets about the island, Wareamah.

Liverpool Library Museum

Saturday 19 August

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Suitable for ages 16+

Bookings Essential

Sue Castrique is a writer and researcher. She has written Under the Colony’s Eye: Gentlemen and Convicts on Cockatoo Island (2014), which was awarded the Kay Daniels prize by the Australian Historical Association, and One Small World: The History of the Addison Road Community Centre (2017).

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Saturday, 19 August 2023
11am - 12:30pm

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