Convicts

Enrolled Pensioner Force – Western Australia

The Enrolled Pensioner Force consisted of soldiers who came to the colony of Western Australia between 1850 and 1874, most arriving during the years of convict transportation as Guards on the convict ships. They were soldiers who had been discharged…

Trove – Australian Joint Copying Project Digitisation Program

The Trove Australian Joint Copying Project has digitised 10,000+ reels of microfilm. The AJCP microfilmed 5+ million individual documents in thousands of series and collections of records relating to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.  Records microfilmed by the AJCP…

The Colonial Secretary’s Papers 1788-1825 – New South Wales

State Records of New South Wales (SRNSW), Index to the Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1825 is arranged alphabetically by subject and name. The Colonial Secretary was responsible for the official papers and records for the colony of New South Wales from…

Convict Records of Australia

This site, hosted by the State Library of Queensland, allows you to search the British Convict transportation register, compiled from British Home Office (HO11) records for convicts transported to Australia 1787-1867. Information available includes name of convict, known aliases, place…

Queensland State Archives – Convicts and Early Settlers

Queensland State Archives hold records of early settlers pre and post separation from the colony of New South Wales in 1859. These include: • Chronological register of convicts 1824-1839 – Moreton Bay penal settlement• Monthly and Half Yearly returns for…

Findmypast – England & Wales, Crime, Prisons & Punishment, 1770-1935

Offers searches of 3 million+ criminal records from The National Archives (UK) collections. There are details of trials, sentences, physical descriptions and photographs if available. Transcripts of the records are available as well as digitised images of the original records.…

Dictionary of Sydney – First Fleet Project

This project is a collection of ship histories funded by the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme. There are ship profiles for the Alexander, Borrowdale, Charlotte, Fishburn, Friendship, Golden Grove, HMS Sirius, HMS Supply, Lady Penrhyn, Prince of Wales…

Convict and emancipist teachers – New South Wales, 1789-1830

Between 1789 and 1830 approximately half of the teachers who taught in the schools of the colony of New South Wales arrived as convicts. This entry, in the Dictionary of Educational History in Australia and New Zealand by Geoffrey Burkhardt,…