In 1866 Fenians, members of the Irish Republic Brotherhood, were arrested. Among the military Fenians prisoners were Robert Cranston, Thomas Darragh, Michael Harrington, Thomas Hassett, Martin Hogan, John O’Reilley and James Wilson. In mid-October 1867 the 7 were among 63 Fenians sent to Freemantle Prison in Western Australia. They arrived on 19 January 1868 aboard the Hougougmont, the last convict voyage to Australia.
"Come all you screw warders and jailers, Remember Perth Re-gatta Day. Take care of the rest of your Fenians, Or the Yankees will steal them away"http://youtu.be/2oxdIzA_AGg