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Allam, L, 2013, The Catalpa Escape [Podcast], Radio National, 28 July, Available from:

Barker, M, 2021, Interview with Margo O’Byrne [Podcast], Fremantle Shipping News, 25 May, Available from:

Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Inc, 2022, Podcast 1: Ireland’s Fenian Rising [Podcast], Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Series, 25 August, Available from:

Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Inc, 2022, Podcast 2: Transportation on the Hougoumont [Podcast], Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Series, 30 August, Available from:

Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Inc, 2022, Podcast 3: In and Out of Fremantle Prison [Podcast], Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Series, 30 August, Available from:

Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Inc, 2022, Podcast 4: The Rebel Poet – John Boyle O’Reilly [Podcast], Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Series, 30 August, Available from:

Florisson, K, 2021, The Catalpa Rescue [Podcast], Wild: Stories from Western Australia’s past, 02 February, Available from:

Johnson, T, 2018, Jim Ryan talks of the Catalpa Rescue [Podcast], 6PR 882 NewsTalk, 27 July, Available from:

Long, B, 2018, The Wonderful Country Far Away [Podcast], Documentary On One, 08 September, Available from:

Melville, K, 2020, Songs of the last convict ship [Podcast], The History Listen, 27 October, Available from:

Twemlow, J, 2021, S2E3 A Daring Escape from the Road Gangs of Western Australia [Podcast], Convict Australian, 06 September, Available from:

Twemlow, J, 2021 S2E4 The Audacious Plot to Rescue 6 Irish Convicts from Prison [Podcast], Convict Australia, 20 September, Available from:

Amos, K, 1988, The Fenians in Australia 1865-1880, New South Wales University Press, Kensington.

Barry, L, 2006, Voices from the Tomb, Murdoch University, Murdoch.

Barry, L, 1994, Selected poems, speeches, dedications and letters of John Boyle O’Reilly, 1844-1890, National Gaelic Publications, Australind.

Barry, L, 1992, The dramatic escape of Fenian John Boyle O’Reilly, C.F.N. Publications, Australind.

Comerford, R.V, 1985, The Fenians in Context: Irish Politics and Society, 1848-82, Merlin Publishing, Dublin. 

Devoy, J, 1929, Recollections of and Irish Rebel, Chase D. Young Company, New York. 

Dillon, P, (ed) 2016, Southward the wild geese: the story of the Fenian Prisoners transported to Australia 1868, Paul Dillon Publishing, Kirwan.

Evans, A.G, 1997, Fanatic Heart: A Life of John Boyle O’Reilly 1844-1890, Northeastern University Press, Boston.

Fennell, P and King, M, 2000, Voyage of the Hougoumont and Life at Fremantle: The Story of an Irish Rebel, Xlibris Corporation, Bloomington.

Fennell, P, King, M and Golway, T, (eds.) 2008, John Devoy’s Catalpa Expedition, New York University Press, New York.

FitzSimons, P, 2019, The Catalpa Rescue, Hachette Australia, Sydney.

Graham, J, 1999, A Gerringong Fenian: the story of John O’Neil Goulding and the 1867 Kerry uprising, Gerringong. 

Hughes, R, 1987, The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia’s Founding, Vintage Books, New York.

Kee, R, 1972, The Bold Fenian Men, Penguin Books, London.

Keneally, T, 1998, The Great Shame, Random House Australia, Melbourne.

Lefroy, J, Lefroy, M, and Duke, M, 2006, The Catalpa Escape, Fremantle Press, Fremantle. 

Lynch, P, 1967, Fir 1867, Kerry. 

Maume, M, Maume, P, and Casey, M, (eds.) 2010, A Mingling of Swans, University College Dublin Press, Dublin.

Maume M, Maume P, and Casey M, (eds.) 2005, The Galtee Boy: A Fenian Prison Narrative, University College Dublin Press, Dublin. 

McGrath, W, 1990, ‘The Fenians in Australia’ (review article), Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society XCV(254), Cork.

McGrath, W, 1988, ‘The Fenians in Australia’, Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society XCIII(252), Cork.

McGrath, W, 1952, A Cork Felon: The life and death of Brian Dillon, Brian Dillon Commemoration Committee, Cork. 

Moody, T.W (ed), 1968, The Fenian Movement, Mercier Press, Cork.

Murphy, P, 2021, Fenian 63, Peter Murphy, Perth.

Murphy, P, 2018, Fenian Fear, Peter Murphy, Perth.

O’Lúing, S, 1972, ‘Aspects of the Fenian Rising in Kerry 1867’, Journal of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society 5, Naas.

O’Farrell, P, 2001, The Irish in Australia: 1788 to the present, Cork University Press, Cork. 

O’Reilly, J.B, 1879, Moondyne

Reece, B, 1991, Exiles from Erin: Convict Lives in Ireland and Australia, Macmillan, London.

Roche, J.J, 1891, Life of John Boyle O’Reilly; Together with his complete poems and speeches, Cassell Publishing Company, New York.

Stevens, P, 2002, The Voyage of the Catalpa: A Perilous Journey and Six Irish Rebels’ Escape to Freedom, Carroll & Graf, New York. 

Sullivan, C.W, 2001, Fenian Diary: Denis Cashman on board the Hougoumont 1867-1868, Wolfhound Press, Dublin. 

Waters, O, 2011, The Fenian Wild Geese, Catalpa Publications, Parkwood. 

Woods, B, 2018, Hidden Secrets of the Catalpa Escape!, viewed 16 June 2022,

Golden, A, 2005, The life of a South Kerry Fenian, John Golden (O’Neill Goulding), placing his experiences in the broader Fenian convict and transportation context of The Irish Diaspora.

Golden, M, 1997, Aspects of Cahersiveen Town and Parish, 1811-1867.

Murphy, P, 2022, A Brief History of Irish poet and patriot John Boyle O’Reilly 1844-1890.