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Viewing Entry - The Catalpa rescue (E14206)
by FitzSimons, Peter.

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Playing time for epub/audio formats : 16 hours 15 minutes


TitleThe Catalpa rescue : the gripping story of the most dramatic and successful prison break in Australian history
Author / Responsible partyFitzSimons, Peter.
TopicsHistory. Fremantle Prison -- History -- 19th century. Escapes -- Australia -- Fremantle (W.A.) -- History -- 19th century. Irish -- Australia -- Fremantle (W.A.) -- History -- 19th century. Penal colonies -- Australia -- Fremantle (W.A.) -- History -- 18th century. Political prisoners -- Australia -- Fremantle (W.A.) -- History -- 19th century.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


Boston, 1869. Members of the Clan na Gael - agitators for an Irish republic - hatch a daring plan to free six Irish political prisoners from the most remote gaol on earth, Fremantle Prison in Western Australia. Under the guise of a whale hunt, Captain Anthony sets sail on an American whaler - the Catalpa - risking his life to rescue the men from the prison, known among the inmates as 'a living tomb'. What follows is one of history's greatest escape stories - a tale of courage and cunning that stands as an enormously significant event in the histories of no fewer than four nations. Told with FitzSimons' trademark pace and verve, 'The Catalpa Rescue' is a true story that has it all: adventure, politics, morality, colonialism, the fight for independence and, most importantly, the triumph of good men, against all odds.

Additional Information

System control numberE14206
Original Print PublisherSydney : Hachette Australia, 2019.
Narrator NameMichael Carman.
Participant or performer noteMichael Carman.
Narrators GenderMale narrator