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Blog post from Friday, 9 January, 2015

Convict transportation to Australia ceased on this day, 9 January 1868, when the ship Hougoumont arrived in Fremantle in Western Australia. The Hougoumont departed Portsmouth on 12 October 1867 with 280 convicts and 108 passengers on board. After a largely uneventful voyage of 89 days, during which time one convict died, Hougoumont docked at Fremantle.

The Wild Goose: A Collection of Ocean Waifs’. A weekly newspaper issued on board the convict ship Hougoumont; ed. by J. Flood and John Boyle O'Reilly. Vol. 1, no. 1-7, (9 Nov. - 21 Dec.), 1867

This shipboard newspaper was edited by a convict, John Flood, whose collection of papers is held in the State Library of New South Wales. Issues of this newspaper have been digitised and can be read online.