Free Settler or Felon – Newcastle and Hunter Valley – Convict & Colonial History

Free Settler or Felon is an on-going project gathering details of the lives of people who lived in the Hunter Valley, Newcastle and Central Coast in the early days of settlement. Broadly they are classified by their status on arrival – convict or free.

This site has a searchable database of 180,000+ references to convicts, settlers, townsfolk, bushrangers, innkeepers, soldiers, land owners, medical practitioners and magistrates. Areas covered include Newcastle, Maitland, Paterson, Muswellbrook, Singleton, Raymond Terrace, Dungog, Morpeth, Wollombi, Central Coast, Murrurundi, Scone and more. There is information about the voyages of 350+ convict ships and the Surgeon Superintendents who accompanied and much more. This site can be searched by first name, last name, ship or all three. If you have family who settled in the Newcastle or Hunter Valley area then this site is a must to visit.

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