The launch of Peter FitzSimons latest novel The Catalpa Rescue was held in Rockingham on Monday, marking the location where the daring escape took place 143 years ago.

Launched by Premier and Member for Rockingham Mark McGowan, the function room at the Hotel Clipper was packed with fans of FitzSimons, who lapped up his enthusiastic re-telling of some of the stand-out parts of the rescue detailed in his book.

Having now written 31 books, many detailing periods or events throughout Australia’s history, FitzSimons said he had dedicated his latest to John Devoy, who helped hatch the plans to aid the six Fenians escape from the shores of Rockingham.

Speaking during the launch, FitzSimons said writing the book had been an “honour”, and expressed his excitement at the tales emerging from Western Australia.

“You generate the best stories in the world. There will never be a better story than the Batavia, but the story of the Catalpa comes very close,” he said.

The Catalpa Rescue is released today and is available locally from Rockingham Books.

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Peter FitzSimons speaking during the launch of his latest novel The Catalpa Rescue.
Peter FitzSimons speaking during the launch of his latest novel The Catalpa Rescue.Picture: Pierra Willix
Ash and Lillian Brown
Ash and Lillian BrownPicture: Pierra Willix
Leonie and Mark Chaston
Leonie and Mark ChastonPicture: Pierra Willix
Peter Lescelle and Jacki Gahan
Peter Lescelle and Jacki GahanPicture: Pierra Willix
Katherine and Damien Arrigan
Katherine and Damien ArriganPicture: Pierra Willix
Nick Rice, Amanda Barrett and Chris Rice
Nick Rice, Amanda Barrett and Chris RicePicture: Pierra Willix
Robin Delamont and Anne-Marie Guthrie
Robin Delamont and Anne-Marie GuthriePicture: Pierra Willix
Kathy Lowe, Graham Hunter, Donna McDonald and Merrilyn Hunter
Kathy Lowe, Graham Hunter, Donna McDonald and Merrilyn HunterPicture: Pierra Willix 

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