TRANSPORTATION: EXPLORING AUSTRALIA’S CONVICT PAST
FROM 9 JANUARY 2018
Constructed by convicts between 1852 and 1859, and still remarkably intact, Fremantle Prison, Western Australian only World Heritage listed building (Australian Convict Sites) provides one of the most authentic glimpses into convict live in Australia.
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Hougoumont, the last convict ship to arrive in Australia, Fremantle Prison’s new exhibition Transportation examines the forced migration of convicts from Britain to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Transportation presents the stories of men, women and children forcibly sent to convict sites across Australia, exploring the social tragedy of the convict system as a whole as well as individual stories of personal achievement.
Exhibiting convict material from the Mitchell Library (State Library of New South Wales), Western Australian Museum and the Prison’s own collection, Transportation demonstrates the impact forced migration had on individual transportees and their families, and on the shaping of modern Australian society. The exhibition displays key historic artefacts such as the 1881 Ticket of Leave of Hougoumont convict William Bartlett, on display to the public for the first time.
Transportation opens on 9 january 2018 and is on show at the Fremantle Prison Gallery until March 2019.
FREMANTLE PRISON ART TOUR
A 2018 AUSTRALIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL EVENT
SATURDAY 21 APRIL – 10.00am
Artistic endeavour is not something you expect to see in a prison. The cell walls, doors and exercise yard walls of Fremantle Prison are covered with works of art painted by prisoners over the 136 years of the Prison’s history.
Join one of Fremantle Prison’s experienced Guides for this exclusive tour as they reveal the experiences of prisoners expressed through art. View convict-drawn frescoes and religious works, European landscapes, Aboriginal landscapes in the renowned Carrolup style, dot paintings, graffiti and tattoo art.
Participants receive a complimentary copy of ‘Art Behind Bars: Murals and Graffiti of Fremantle Prison’.
Warning: Please note some artwork on this tour contains graphic images and text which could be offensive to some people. This tour is not recommended for people who are offended easily or for children under 12.
Bookings and enquiries can be made by contacting Fremantle Prison’s Ticket Office on (08) 9336 9200.
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