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CY O’Connor On Trial: Play Puts New Spin On WA Figure’s Life

  • Latvian Centre 60 Cleaver Terrace Belmont, WA, 6104 Australia (map)
CY O'Connor

Legendary West Australian figure CY O’Connor is being put on trial this May – in a play that re-imagines his tragic end.

The Trial of CY O’Connor is written by AG Evans, author of the biography CY O’Connor: His Life and Legacy, and being staged by ARENAarts with a special one-off performance at the Fremantle Workers’ Club for the Fremantle Heritage Festival.

Irish-born Charles Yelverton O’Connor was most famously responsible for building Fremantle Harbour and the Mundaring-to-Kalgoorlie pipeline, known as the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme. On March 10, 1902, exhausted by over-work, libellous press criticism and lack of political support, he rode his horse into the ocean at South Beach and shot himself.

The play imagines a different ending, played out in a courtroom, where O’Connor is put on trial to answer the accusations levelled at him during his lifetime and beyond. 



  • WHEN: Saturday May 10 at 8:00PM (Only show at Fremantle Worker's Club) and May 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31 at 8:00pm, matinee performance May 18 at 2pm
  • WHERE: Latvian Centre, 60 Cleaver Terrace, Belmont, WA 6104 Australia. Fremantle Worker's Club, 9 Henry Street, Fremantle, WA 6160
  • COST: $20 guests/$15 members
  • BOOKINGS: Call 9335 1840 or click here


To find out more visit their website

Later Event: May 14