The dark side : Convict stories of Guildford

In April / May each year the Swan Guildford Historical Society participates in the Australian Heritage Festival, hosted by the National Trust. This year we are conducting a series of guided walking tours, walking in the footsteps of convicts, visiting convict sites and hearing tales of their involvement in the town.

Tours will commence at the Colonial Gaol on Meadow Street, taking in the sights around the precinct.  Hear stories of the Guildford Convict Depot established in the early 1850’s, the second largest depot in the Colony, after Fremantle.

Explore the dark side of some of these men.  Contrary to popular opinion, the crimes of convicts who were transported to the Swan River Colony were generally of a serious and vicious nature.  Despite this many men went on to carve out successful careers and contribute significantly to the development and future of the area.

During the Australian Heritage Festival, the Colonial Gaol will house a new temporary exhibition telling the stories of some of these men.

DATES:  Saturday 18th April at 10am – 11am, then 1pm to 2pm.

Wednesday 22nd April at 10am to 11am, then 1pm to 2pm.

COST:  $15 per person.  Maximum of 10 people per tour.  No refunds.

Come prepared for inclement weather, as tours will still go ahead.

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL.  To secure your place, register at Eventbrite: