Convict transportation
On This Day

10 Sep 1823 - escapee re-transported to NSW

On the 10th of September 1823 Susan Courtney was tried in England for returning from transportation

On This Day

20 Jan 1788 - First Fleet arrived at Botany Bay

On 20 January 1788 the last of the eleven ships of the First Fleet arrived at Botany Bay

Watercolour of convict hulk with smaller boats carrying convicts in foreground
Convict Sydney

Convict hulks

In the 21st century we are accustomed to thinking of imprisonment as one of the more obvious forms of punishment for convicted criminals. This was not so in the past.

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

Water colour of the Hyde Park barracks showing front wall and gates. Smoke can be seen coming out of chimneys on either side of the 3 story brick barracks building.

Convicts for the colonists

Colourful colonial-era stories from ou properties give us a window into the central role the Hyde Park Barracks played in convicts’ lives

Brazilian coasting vessels, Edmund Pink, c1824

Runaways and Returned Transports: A Tale Of Ten Men

The history of convict transportation to Australia is peppered with tales of escape

'Margaret stealing the horse' [Margaret Catchpole]

The remarkable Margaret Catchpole

A Suffolk countrywoman turned Hawkesbury midwife; twice sentenced to death and twice reprieved; transported to New South Wales in 1801 and transformed after her death into a romantic literary heroine