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Convict Resources

This is a list on some of the holdings in our library to help you research convicts in Australia. 
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Convict Families that made Australia A3/32/3
General Muster of NSW, Norfolk Island, VDL 1811 A5/20/1
General Muster of NSW 1814 A5/20/2
Census of NSW 1828 A5/20/3
General Return of Convicts in NSW 1837 A5/20/4
General Muster & Land & Stock Muster of NSW 1822 A5/20/5
Musters of NSW & Norfolk Island 1805-1806 A5/20/7
Musters & Lists NSW & Norfolk Island 1800-1802 A5/20/8
Censuses & Musters A5/20/9
Information Leaflet No 38: muster & census records A5/20/10
Convict, Pioneer & Immigrant History of Australia, Book 9, Volume 4 A5/50/1
Convict & Pioneer History, Book 2, Volume 1 A5/50/2
Guide to New South Wales State Archives Relating to Convict Records by State Records Authority of NSW. A5/50/04
Researching Convicts in the AONSW A5/50/5
Absolute & Conditional Pardons awaiting collection 22.6.1850 A5/50/6
Albermarle, Third Fleet Transport A5/50/7
A Desperate Set of Villains A5/50/8
Convicts on the Ship “Stirling Castle” 1850 A5/50/9
A Short Guide to tracing your Convict Ancestry A5/50/10
Third Fleet: list of convicts A5/50/11
Bound for Australia A5/50/12
Elizabeth Hook: Journey to a New Life: Ships Emu in 1812 & Broxbornebury 1814.  A5/50/18
The Convict Ships A7/12/1
The Women of Botany Bay A7/14/3
The Fatal Shore A7/14/2
The Convict Settlers A7/14/4
Irish Convict Lives A7/14/6
Convicts & Bushrangers A7/14/7
The Transports are here A7/14/8
A Cargo of Women A7/14/9
Convict Women A7/14/10
Convicts and the Colony A7/14/12
Convicts and Colonial Society A7/14/13
Chain Letters: narrating convict lives A7/14/14
The First Convicts in Newcastle AH7/14/02
Convict Workers: reinterpreting Australia's past: Stephen Nicholas, ed. A7/14/23
The Crimes and Lives of the Convicts Arriving in Sydney on the Salamander 1791. A7/14/25
Death or Liberty: the convicts of the Britannia, Ireland to Botany Bay 1797 by Barbara Hall. A7/14/24
The Settlers & Convicts of the “Bellona” AN3/32/11
Convict Gangs in 1821 AN5/50/3
NFHS: Early Newcastle: the fettered and the free. AN7/10/3
The Convict Timbergetters of Pennant Hills AN8.120/64/1
Convict Kingston (Norfolk Island) AN8.889/14/1
The Commandants (Norfolk Island) AN8.899/14/2
Notorious Strumpets & Dangerous Girls AT3/32/1
Public Records of Tasmania: convict department AT5/50/2
Convict Applications to bring out Families to VDL AT5/50/3
Convicts per “Ratcliffe” 1845 AT5/50/11
The “Separate” or Model Prison, Port Arthur AT7/14/1
How to Trace your Convict Ancestors L2/10/9
The Intolerable Hulks L7/14/1
Masters & Convicts: Murrmarang & Ulladulla: Kathy Dunn. AN5/50/06
Victims and Villains - Tocal's Convicts. AH7/14/06
Convicts and Colonial Society 1788-1868: Evans & Nicholls. A7/14/13a
Convicts on Trial: Iris Paridaens. A7/14/26
They Were Here: the convicts of Raymond Terrace & District, Volume 2: Reeks, June, comp. AH5/50/02b
John Croaker, Convict Embezzler: Booke, J. & Graig, R. A7/14/27
The Second Fleet Convicts: HMS Guardian, Lady Juliana, Neptune, Scarborough & Surprise: Ryan, R. J.  A5/50/22
Names of all Convicts arriving Australia 1801 to 1805: McClelland, J. A5/50/23
Voices from Tocal: convict life on a rural estate: Brian Walsh AH7/14/07
Convicts Transported to and from Port Macquarie 1827-1837: Port Macquarie & Dist. FHS AN7/14/01
The Convicts and Exiles Transported from Ireland 1791-1820: J. H. Dononhoe. A5/50/24
Pack of thieves? 52 Port Arthur lives: Maxwell-Stewart, H. & Hood, Susan. AT7/14/09
Sarah Island, the penal settlement at Macquarie Harbour 1831: Round Earth Company. AT7/14/08

1788, the brutal truth of the First Fleet: the biggest single overseas migration the world has ever seen: Hill, David. A7/14/28
Convicts in the Lithgow area: Winchester, Frank. (Occasional papers No. 27 Lithgow Dist. H.S.) AN8.790/01/08
The Irish vanguard: The convicts of the "Queen", Ireland to Botany Bay, 1791: Hall, Barbara. A5/50/25
Third Fleet families of Australia: genealogical details: Smee, C J. A3/32/02a
Shadow over Tasmania: the whole story of the convicts 14th edn: Smith, Coultman. AT7/14/10
To hell or to Hobart: Irish convict history: Howard, Patrick. AT7/14/11
Female skeletons in the cupboard: stories of convict women at Port Macquarie Part 1 [2001]: Griffin, Gwen. AN7/14/02
Freedom bound I: documents on women in Colonial Australia: Grimshaw, Patricia et al. (eds). A7/01/28
Most perfectly safe: the convict shipwreck disasters of 1833-42 [1997]: Mawer, G.A. A7/13/06
Reports of iron'd gangs…Wooloomooloo stockade, Cockatoo Island & Carters Barracks 1840-1848 ... Scone lockup … prisoners at … Mulgoa [2009]: Vernon, Kaye & Jacobsen, Billie. AN5/50/09
Certificates of Freedom records for Port Macquarie convicts 13 Dec 1823 - 26 Apr 1827 [runaways, robbers and incorrigible rogues] [2010]: Port Macquarie & D FHS. AN5/50/08
Is there a convict in the family? [2010]: Shilling, Maree. A2/10/10
Breaking up of the convict establishment at Port Macquarie 1847 [2011]: Port Macquarie & DFHS. AN8.444/14/01
Convict lives at the Ross Female Factory [Tasmania] [2011]: Frost, Lucy, ed. AT5/50/04
Bound for Wallis Plains: Maitland's convict settlers [2012]: Hunter, Cynthia. AH7/14/08
Convict Fremantle: a place of promise and punishment [2004]: Bosworth, Michael. AW7/14/01
Convict tools: working at Camden Park and Tocal [2013]: Walsh, Brian & Hawkins, Ralph. AN7/62/02
History of the Albany convict gaol: its convicts, gaolers and warders [newspaper and archival references] [2008]: Horton, Susanne, comp. AW7/14/02
The Third Fleet convicts: an alphabetical listing of names,…place and date of conviction, length of sentence and ship [1983]: Ryan, R J. A5/50/28
Toil and trouble from Maitland to Moreton Bay: John Eales' convicts [2014]: Walsh, Brian. AH7/14/09
Women transported: life in Australia's convict female factories [2008?]: Hendriksen, Gay & Liston, Carol. A7/14/31
Convicts of the Port Phillip District, [Victoria] [1999]: Clarke, Keith M. AV7/14/01

The evidence to the Bigge Reports: New South Wales under Governor Macquarie Vol.1: The Oral evidence [1971]: Ritchie, John, ed. A7/75/05
The evidence to the Bigge Reports: New South Wales under Governor Macquarie Vol.2: The Written evidence [1971]: Ritchie, John, ed. A7/75/06
Abandoned women: Scottish convicts exiled beyond the seas [2015]: Frost, Lucy. A7/14/24
The Girl who stole stockings: the true story of Susannah Noon and the women of the convict ship 'Friends' [2014]: Hardie, Elsbeth. A7/14/34
Exiled: the Port Arthur convict photographs [2010]: Barnard, Edwin. A7/14/35
The Phantom Phenians of New South Wales [1986]: Travers, Robert. AN7/19/03
The transportation, escape and pardoning of Mary Bryant [1983]: Currey, C H. A7/14/36
Stories and tales of the transported convicts [1990]: Donohoe, James Hugh. A7/14/37
Researching convicts (Handy solutions ser. no.6) [2007]: Central Coast Family History Society.A7/14/38

Microfiche and CDs
AGCI Y2/A2/1-247
Female Factory Parramatta 1826-48 Y2/AN13/1-2

Colonial Secretary’s Correspondence 1826-1831 Y2/AN16a/1-3

Colonial Secretary’s Correspondence 1832-1837 Y2/AN16b/1-3

Colonial Secretary’s Correspondence: letters sent re convicts Y2/AN18/1-3

Index to NSW Convict Indents Y2/AN23/1-6

Convict Indents 1788-1842 Y2/AN23a/1-130

Index to Assignment Registers 1821-1825 Y2/AN34/1-4

Convict Death Registers 1828-1879 Y2/AN35/1-3

Index to & Registers of Tickets of leave 1824-1827 Y2/AN36/1-3

Index to & Registers of Applications to Marry Y2/AN39/1-9

Convict Applications to Marry Y2/AN40/1-14

Register of Conditional Pardons 1791-1825 Y2/AN42/1-4

Register of Convicts recommended for Conditional Pardons Y2/AN42a/1-12

Wives & Families of convicts on Bounty Ships Y2/AN45/1-2

NSW Convict Marriage Banns 1826-41: master indexes Y2/AN47/1-3

NSW Convict Marriage Banns 1826-41: early indexes Y2/AN48/1-5

Convict Pardons & Tickets of Leave NSW 1810-1875 Y2/AN56/108

Index to Colonial Secretary’s Papers 1788-1825 Y2/AN58/1-63

Convicts and Employers: NSW Index Y2/AN70/1-12

Index to Tasmanian Convicts 1821-1854 Y2/AT3/1-3

Tasmanian Colonial Index Y2/AT4/1-6

Western Australian Convicts. R Series. Convict Registers Y2/AW9/1-9

Wives & Children of Convicts NSW 1825-1840 Y4/CD30/1

Convicts to New South Wales 1788-1812 Y4/CD40/1

Tasmanian Convicts Y4/CD33/1
Queensland Obituaries Index Vols 1 & 2. Y2/AQ7a/1-6 and Y2/AQ7b/1-5
Prisoners on Board the Hulk Phoenix Aug 1825 – Jan 1837: Convict Connections. AN5/50/CD5

Prisoners on Board the Hulk Phoenix Jan 1833 – Sep 1848: Convict Connections. AN5/50/CD6
Index to Colonial Convict Movements 1827 to 1853: Descendants of Convicts Group Inc. AN5/50/CD7
The Port Jackson Convicts Anthology: Lesley Uebel. AN5/50/CD8
Index to Convicts who arrived in NSW, 1788-1842 and an index to the ships that transported them [update 2008]: GSV (Vic). AN5/50/CD11
Convicts & employers (NSW) Index: 1828, 1832-1833, Jan 1838-Jan 1844: Pastkeys. AN5/50/CD12
Windsor Gaol records: … weekly returns 1831,1838 & Gaol entrance book 26 March 1864-1899 [2010]: Vernon, Kaye & Jacobsen, Billie (comp.) AN7/68/CD02
Convict assignments in NSW Vol.1 1830-1832 [index]: Mackey, Nola (comp.) Y2/AN84/1-3
Prisoners on Board the Hulk "Phoenix": Index to Transportation Books 1 January 1831 to 9 February 1847; Description Books 1831 and 1833-1837 (Index to SRNSW Reel 821) [2011]: Convict Connections of GSQ. AN5/50/CD13
Prisoners on Board the Hulk "Phoenix": Index to prisoners discharged Sep 1825 to Nov 1836; Prisoners mentioned in letters sent by the Supt 1828-1833; Nominal list of prisoners … 1836…conditions… (index to SRNSW Reel 822) [2011]: Convict Connections of GSQ. AN5/50/CD14
Index to NSW Colonial Secretary's Office: copies of letters sent to the Sheriff 1828-1850 (SRNSW 4/3896-4/3902 Microfilm Reels 1062-1065) [2011]: Convict Connections of GSQ. AN5/50/CD15
Sydney Gaol records for Port Macquarie convicts: April 1821-1826 [2011]: Port Macquarie & District FHS. AN7/68/CD06
Convict settlement on Norfolk Island: index to the Norfolk Island Papers and Accounts, 1794-1813, 1825-1829 (NRS 898, 4/1167A-1171, SRNSW) [2012]: Vernon, Kaye, comp. AN5/50/CD16
Register of convict applications to marry 1826-1851 (granted & refused): NSW State Records, Principal Superintendent
convicts: Reels 4/4508-4/4514: Fiche 780-801: incl. where found NSW BDM index reference numbers T J Genealogy. AN5/12/CD17 & AN5/12/CD18
Colonial Secretary's correspondence: index to convicts & others 1868-1872 [3 fiche] [n.d.]: Reese, Joan. AN5/50/M07a
Colonial Secretary's correspondence: index to convicts & others 1873-1877 [3 fiche] [n.d.]: Reese, Joan. AN5/50/M07b
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