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Convict assignment records

On arrival to the Colony of New South Wales, a convict was either retained by the Government or assigned to an individual

Convict Certificates of Freedom

A certificate of freedom was a document stating that a convict's sentence had been served

Convict pardons: Conditional and Absolute

Convicts with a life sentence could receive a Pardon but not a Certificate of Freedom. The two main types of pardons were Conditional pardon and Absolute Pardon

Convict Tickets of Leave

Convict discipline depended not only on punishment but also on incentives and rewards. Governor King introduced the ticket of leave system in 1801

Convict transportation to NSW

A history of convict transportation to New South Wales and related records such as trial records and records of the voyage and arrival

Convicts & convict administration guide

A unique collection of records, created by both the British Government and the Colonial administration, dating from 1788 to 1842

Convicts Guide

Between 1788 and 1842 about 80,000 convicts were transported to New South Wales

Convicts in Van Diemen's Land

A list of convict records in our Collection relating to Van Diemen's Land

Families of convicts

Families of convicts sometimes accompanied their convict relations or came out later

Hyde Park Barracks

A brief overview of the Hyde Park Barracks and a list of convict-related record series

Moreton Bay Penal Settlement

The Moreton Bay penal colony, on traditional Turrbal and Yuggera land, operated from 1824 to 1842 as a place of secondary punishment for convicts who committed serious offences

Sentenced beyond the Seas: Australia's early convict records

Indents list the convicts transported to New South Wales