THE next talk in the winter series of lectures by Wicklow Historical Society will take place at St. Patrick's Boys National School, Wicklow at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28. The talk will be delivered by Stan J. O' Reilly of the historical society and will be titled ' Wicklow Gaol and Transportation to New South Wales.'
This will deal with what transportation was, (big business in effect,) who was transported from the gaol? for how long? What were they sentenced for? What were the convict ships like, how were conditions aboard, and what were the lives of transported convicts like? The youngest ever transportee was just 12 years old, the oldest was 60 years old. What happened to these men and women and their children?
The answers to these questions will be explored on the night. Admission is free and open to all. A donation box will be available on the night for voluntary contributions to assist with offsetting costs. The March talk will take place on the last Tuesday at 8 p.m. in St. Patrick's Boys National School.
The speaker will be Arklow historian Jim Rees who will talk on the editor and owner of the Wicklow Newsletter Newspaper, William Mcphail, his family, life and times. Admission is also fee and open to anyone.