Descendants Day a matter of conviction

A previous Descendants Day ceremony.
A previous Descendants Day ceremony.

The ceremony recognises the importance of the convicts to establishing WA and celebrates with the direct descendants of British convicts, pensioner guards and warders who were transported to WA from 1850 to 1868.

Fremantle Prison executive manager Bevan Beaver said the ceremony was now in its 23rd year.

‘In the past, people kept their ancestry a closely guarded secret, but this event shows that we are happy to embrace and celebrate our shared cultural heritage,’ he said.

‘Recipients cherish their certificates of descendancy, with the genealogical research undertaken often revealing even more links than the applicant had previously realised.’

Anyone who thinks they are eligible to apply can visit www.fremantleprison.com.au for more information or an application form. Applications close on March 14.