Show Notes: The Catalpa and the Fremantle Six

Tracy Wilson

One of the figures from this story: John Boyle O'Reilly

Listener Joseph asked us to talk about the Catalpa a while back. That sounds like the story of a ship, but it's really the story of a jailbreak - an international jailbreak involving Irish prisoners, an Australian prison and an American party of rescuers. We also recap a little of the context for how the prisoners in question wound up being convicted of treason - it's material we cover in more detail in our two-part episode on the Irish Potato Famine (parts one and two). And, we talk more about how Britain came to use Australia as a penal colony, which is another part of this story, in our episode on the Lady Juliana.

Here's one version of the ballad we talk about in the episode.

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