Criminal Characters – Investigating the Lives of Historical Offenders in Australia

This research project, supported by a grant from the University of Technology Sydney, is investigating the criminal careers and life histories of Australian offenders from the end of the convict period through to the Second World War. This site offers resources for learning about the history of crime in Australia. You can contribute by transcribing historical crime records and helping to create a permanent and invaluable resource for future generations. The images for transcription have been supplied by the Public Records Office Victoria for the record series VPRS 515 Central Register of Male Prisoners and VPRS 516 Central Register of Female Prisoners.

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