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Parkhurst Boys

Hitchcock 1919:
Between 1843 and 1848 (which was before the convict era) about 150 boys were sent hither from the Parkhurst Reformatory. Most of them had merely been guilty of some boyish freak, and, having been taught useful trades, the great majority of them ultimately became some of the best and most estimable of our pioneer colonists.

References and Links

Buddee, Paul 1984, The Fate of the Artful Dodger: Parkhurst boys transported to Australia and New Zealand, 1842-1852, St George Books, Fremantle.

Gill, Andrew 1997, Forced Labour for the West: Parkhurst Convicts 'Apprenticed' in Western Australia 1842-1851, Blatellae Books, Maylands WA.

Hitchcock J.K. 1919, 'Early days of Fremantle: High Street 50 years ago', published in 12 parts in the Fremantle Times 21 March - 20 June 1919.

Hitchcock, J.K. 1929, The History of Fremantle, The Front Gate of Australia 1829-1929, Fremantle City Council.

Hutchison, David 2007, Many Years a Thief, Wakefield Press [fictionalised version of the story of John Gavin, a Parkhurst boy who killed someone in the colony and was hanged].


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