Irish nationalist leader William Smith O'Brien's convict cottage, Maria Island, Tasmania, Australia

Irish nationalist leader William Smith O'Brien's convict cottage, Maria Island, Tasmania, Australia
Irish nationalist leader William Smith O'Brien's convict cottage, Maria Island, Tasmania, Australia. Smith O'Brien was an Irish nationalist who was "transported" to suit Ireland's British overlords in the early 19th century. He lived in this cottage for some time and also at the better-known Port Arthur address. Eventually he was allowed to return home and continued to support Irish independence. Autumn 2013.

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Smith O'Brien was exiled for his part in the Young Irelander Rebellion of 1848. After Maria Island he lived at the Port Arthur penal colony for a time before being transferred to New Norfolk north of Hobart.