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HIS LIFE, POEMS AND SPEECHES.

The official narrative is briefer. It is found in the Police Gazette of the District of Western Australia in the form of the following advertisement:

ABSCONDERS.

20—John B. O'Reilly, registered No. 9843, imperial convict; arrived in the colony per convict ship Hougoumont in 1868; sentenced to twenty years, 9th July, 1866. Description—Healthy appearance; present age 25 years; 5 feet 7½ inches high, black hair, brown eyes, oval visage, dark complexion: an Irishman. Absconded from Convict Road Party, Bunbury, on the 18th of February, 1869.