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The Cato Street Conspiracy : The Australian Connection (COSHA)

The Cato Street Conspiracy : The Australian Connection (COSHA)

Date & Time

June 12, 2021 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Event Organiser: City of Sydney Historical Association (COSHA)


Date: Saturday, 12th June 2021

Time: 2:00pm

Venue: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts
Henry Carmichael Theatre, Level 1
280 Pitt Street, Sydney

Cost: $5 COSHA Members/Subscribers
$8 SMSA Members and general entry


Everyone Welcome
No Bookings Required


Image: The Arrest of  the Cato Street Conspirators (1820). Available under Creative Commons Licence via Wikipedia.


Did Guy Fawkes make it to Australia? .

No, but five members of the Cato Street did!

Join the City of Sydney Historical Association to hear amateur historian Kieran Hannon share tales of the interesting lives these convicts made for themselves in Australia. Little known in Australia now the Cato Street group is in the top three groups of conspirators caught in their attempts to change Britain into a people’s republic and free Ireland.

Eleven conspirators were tried for high treason and sentenced to death by being ‘hung, drawn and quartered’. They were the last in England to ever receive this penalty, and the last in the 1800s to be convicted of high treason.

However, the King respited these harsh sentences to ‘hanging and beheading’ for five, ‘transportation for life’ for another five, and 6 months’ imprisonment for one.’

Come along and hear the full story.

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Date & Time

June 12, 2021 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Pitt Street, Sydney NSW, Australia

Henry Carmichael Theatre

280 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000

Level 1


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