June Guest Speaker

Charles Ormsby was Superintendent of Cockatoo Island from 1842-1859.  He was a gentleman, autocrat and master of surveillance when the island became the venue for a secret fight club with prize-fighting convicts as its main attraction.

Despite arguments with the engineers and multiple investigations that have left a rich vein of material, Ormsby survived.

Sue Castrique’s talk will examine his irascible life and uncommon career as superintendent of the last penal settlement created in NSW.


See “Guest Speakers” for full details.   Please feel free to pass on to anyone who might be interested.  Everyone is welcome to attend.


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