The Society acknowledges the traditional owners of the Irwin Districts, their continuing connection to land, sea and community and pays its respects to elders and their cultures, past and present.

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  • Convict Stories

    We know that over 750 convicts were assigned to work in the Irwin Districts.
    Here are some of those men’s stories.

  • Convict Tracks of the Victoria District – The Exhibition

    • Convict Transport Around The World
    • Transportation to Eastern and Western Australia
    • Colonising the Victoria District
    • Policing and the Dongara Occurrence Books
    • Irwin District Convict Mapping
    • The Ticket-of-Leave
  • A Port for the Irwin District

    Situated on Arurine Bay, a townsite was surveyed as “Denison” in 1866, but was generally referred to as “Port Irwin” up to the 1880’s. It was later called “Port Dongara”…

  • The Story of the Leander

    The 173 ton brigantine Leander was built in New Brunswick in 1849 of birch, pine and spruce and was fastened with iron bolts. Her owners were Smith and Company and…

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