Convict Tracks of the Victoria District – The Project

Convict Tracks of the Victoria District

…. a community driven project

The Victoria District of Western Australia encompasses the coastal land between the Murchison and Arrowsmith Rivers.

The last 108 British convicts arrived in Fremantle on the Hougoumont on January 9 1868 and this series of exhibitions examines the convict system in the British Empire with reference to South East Asia and Western Australia and each of the contributing districts, Irwin, Greenough, Geraldton, Chapman Valley, Northampton and Lynton.

Over 2000 Ticket of Leave men and women were sent to the Victoria District and we have traced the tracks of over 700 who lived and worked in Upper and Lower Irwin. Their contribution to the development of the Victoria District is recognised.

Project Partners

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Geraldton Old Gaol
Chiverton House Museum, Northampton
Lynton Heritage Site
Irwin District Museum

The Contributors

  • Dr. Bruce Baskerville
  • Chapman Valley Historical Society
  • Descendants of Donors of Objects and Photographs
  • Diane Evans
  • Geraldton Old Gaol Craft Centre
  • Geraldton Voluntary Tour Guides
  • Greenough Museum and Gardens
  • Irwin Districts Historical Society
  • Anne Jefferys
  • Linton Heritage Site
  • Northampton Historical Society
  • Christine Roberts
  • State Records Office


  • Sr. Mary Albertus Bain
  • Kit Ellery
  • Rica Ericson

Find Your Convict

You can search the database of over 2500 Midwest Convicts here

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Our Location

Museum Location
5 Waldeck Street (PO Box 347) Dongara WA 6525 08 9927 1323
Open to the public 10am - 12pm Monday to Saturday, or by appointment
Entrance by Donation

Irwin Districts Museum
5 Waldeck Street Dongara (next to Public Library)
Russ Cottage House Museum
1 St Dominics Road Dongara (next to Denison bridge)
The Packout Room
3 Macintyre Cove Port Denison Waterfront (Fishermen's Co-op building)

5 Waldeck Street Dongara 10am - 12pm Monday to Wednesday, or by appointment. Contact us for current fees and charges
is currently limited. Please contact us if you are planning a visit to any of our museums or research centre so we can provide any particular assistance that would enhance your experience. We have one universally accessible toilet, available for museum visitors, at Russ Cottage.
is available off-street at Russ Cottage and The Packout Room, and on-street at the Irwin Districts Museum (Waldeck Street).

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