Convicts to Australia – A Guide to Researching Your Convict Ancestors

This extensive guide, by the Perth DPS (Dead Persons’ Society,) contains information on many aspects of the convict system and includes a glossary, bibliography and extensive online convict databases These include:
• All the Convict Ships – Chronological lists of all the convict transports sent from England. Includes alphabetical lists of the first, second and third Fleet convicts
• WA Convicts 1850-1868 – Includes full convict lists for all the convict transports to Western Australia. These include physical descriptions and trial details plus details of the pensioner guards and their families
• WA Pensioner Guards – details arranged by ship and include surname, name/s, age, rank and regiment plus  remarks
• NSW Convict Women 1788-1828 – details arranged by ship and include surname, name/s, trial place, date and place of departure plus alias details and comments
• Convict Tales – Accounts of selected individual convicts, listed by ship of arrival. There is an alphabetical list online of those included plus ship of arrival so you can easily access these
There are a lot of other useful resources on this site including the following:
• A comprehensive list of Australian censuses and musters by Graham Lewis which includes additional background information
• A list of all convict ships extracted from Charles Bateson’s book The Convict Ships 1787-1868

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