On the 10th of September 1823 Susan Courtney was tried in England for returning from transportation
In the young colony, there was no prisoner’s barrack - the bush and sea were the walls of the convicts’ prison
On this day 20 January 1788 the last of the eleven ships of the First Fleet arrived at Botany Bay
On this day 22 February 1792 the first land grant is recorded as being granted to James Ruse
Fraying at the edges, these were the Barracks’ darkest days with only the worst convicts remaining
The combined aims of the assignment system, from 1826 onwards, were to equip farmers with cheap convict labour, to disperse convicts away from towns (and other convicts) and to keep an eye on each worker’s whereabouts and treatment
Thief, mother, entrepreneur. Arrived 1789 on Lady Juliana
From 1822, with the British government keen to cut costs and encourage pastoral expansion, part three sees the removal of convicts from town.