The Wild Goose Lecture was delivered by Dr Kate Gregory, Battye Historian, State Library of WA.
Scroll through the historical timeline to discover key dates in the history of the Fenians.
If interested in the character profiles of the Hougoumont Fenians and their Supporters, view our Character Profiles.
The Wild Goose Lecture was delivered by Patrick Maume and Mairead Maume, descendants of John Sarsfield Casey.
The Wild Goose Lecture delivered by Bernie Brophy, great-grandnephew of Hugh Francis Brophy.
The Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Festival held O’Reilly’s Escape.
Jim Ryan (great-grandson of Captain George Anthony) delivers the inaugural Wild Goose Lecture in Fremantle.
The Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Festival – Remembering the Hougoumont began.
Catalpa Wild Geese Memorial established in Rockingham.
Troops are deployed on the streets of Northern Ireland, marking the start of the Troubles.
Papers of John Flood (including the original seven hand written editions of the Wild Goose newspaper) are donated to Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales.
The Republic of Ireland Act abolishes the statutory functions of the British monarch in relation to Ireland and confers them on the President of Ireland.
The outbreak of World War II…
The Constitution of Ireland comes into force, replacing the Irish Free State with a new state – Éire
John Devoy died.
The Irish Civil War commenced.
The Irish War of Independence
Government of Ireland Act of 1920.
The First Dáil of the Irish Republic meets and issues a Declaration of Independence from the UK.
Easter Rising: The Irish Republican Brotherhood leads an action which seizes key government buildings in Dublin, and issues the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. The Rising lasts until 29 April 1916.
The outbreak of World War I.
Captain George Anthony died.
Sinn Féin is founded.
John Boyle O’Reilly died.
John Golden died, aged 38 years.
John Breslin died.
John Boyle O’Reilly published his novel ‘Moondyne’.
Two Fenians remaining at Fremantle Prison received conditional pardons and were released.
A grand reception for the Catalpa and Captain Anthony was held in New Bedford.
The Catalpa arrived in New York.
Steamer SS Georgette gave chase and fired a shot across the Catalpa’s bow. Captain Anthony raised the Star and Strips flag warning his adversaries that they were firing on the USA. Catalpa reached the safety of high seas and Captain Anthony sailed her home to America to a hero’s welcome.
Easter Monday Breslin, Desmond and Brennan helped the six Fenian prisoners escape from Fremantle Prison and raced them in two horse drawn carts to a Rockingham beach where Captain Anthony was waiting with a whaleboat. They all boarded the whaleboat and rowed out to the Catalpa anchored near Garden Island. Six Fenians: James Wilson, Thomas Darragh, Martin Hogan, Michael Harrington, Robert Cranston and Thomas Hassett.
The Catalpa, disguised as a whaling ship, sailed into Bunbury harbour after leaving New Bedford (USA) 11 months earlier.
The Catalpa met the trader Ocean Beauty, and Captain Anthony received copies of navigation charts of the Western Australian coastline from the Ocean Beauty’s master, the former master of The Hougoumont.
John Breslin (alias James Collins) arrives in Fremantle.
John Breslin and Thomas Desmond arrive in Sydney (under the alias of James Collins and Tom Johnson).
The Catalpa departed New Bedford, south of Boston, captained by George Smith Anthony.
Was the planning of the Catalpa rescue.
James Wilson wrote to Fenian Brotherhood head John Devoy pleading for help: “Now dear friend, remember this is a voice from the tomb.”
The Fenians were pardoned.
John Boyle O’Reilly landed arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
34 Fenians received Free Pardons, including John Golden, Joseph Noonan, Hugh Brophy and Eugene Geary.
John Boyle O’Reilly boarded the Gazelle bound for America.
John Boyle O’Reilly walked out of convict bush camp near Bunbury.
The Guildford mutiny was held.
Hougoumont Fenians and convicts were brought ashore at Bathers Beach Fremantle.
Hougoumont landed off Fremantle, WA.
Aboard the Hougoumont, Fenians Mahony, Flood, Duggan, O’Reilly, Cody, Casey, Noonan and Cashman met to discuss starting a newspaper.
Hougoumont departs Portland, England, bound for Fremantle, WA. Captained by William Cozens. On board are 108 passengers and 280 convicts, including 62 Fenians (45 civilians and 17 military).
John Golden arrested at Queenstown (Cobh), Co. Cork.
Was the Fenian Rising in Ireland.
Dennis Bambrick Cashman was sentenced at Dublin to seven years penal servitude.
Was the failed Fenians ‘uprising’ in Ireland.
Seven editions of the The Wild Goose newspaper were published.
John Boyle O’Reilly was sentenced to death, commuted to life imprisonment and further commuted to 20 years penal servitude.
John Boyle O’Reilly was arrested at Island Bridge Barracks.
John Sarsfield Casey (Galtee Boy) was sentenced to five years penal servitude for treason-felony.
John Boyle O’Reilly joined the British Army (Lancashire Rifles Volunteers).
The Irish Republican Brotherhood formed.
Was the Great Hunger: A potato blight destroys two-thirds of Ireland’s staple crop, leading to an estimated 1 million deaths and emigration of a further 1 million people.
John Boyle O’Reilly born.
Catholic Emancipation: The Catholic Relief Act 1829 is passed, allowing Catholics to sit in the UK Parliament.
Was the Rising of 1803 in Dublin (Robert Emmet).
Acts of Union 1800 comes into effect; the Kingdom of Ireland unites with Great Britain, forming the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Irish Rebellion of 1798 (Wexford Rising).