Between 1788 and 1868, over 160,000 convicted criminals (male and female) were transported to Australia from England, Scotland, Wales
and Ireland to ease prison overcrowding. About half were sent to Sydney, with the others going to Norfolk Island, Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania),
Port Phillip (Victoria), Moreton Bay (Queensland) or the Swan River (Western Australia).

Many of these convicts were transported for petty crimes, while a significant number were political prisoners. If a convict was well-behaved,
he/she could apply for a Ticket of Leave, which gave limited freedom while still serving out the imposed sentence.
A Certificate of Freedom would generally be issued once the sentence had been served and the convict had not committed further crimes.

Most were unable to return to their homeland once granted freedom because of the cost of a passage, and stayed in the colony as settlers, farmers
or opened businesses. In Australia today it is almost considered a status symbol to have a convict ancestor, especially one from the First Fleet (1788).

This page records the names and details of family members known to have been Convicts, but because of common names, the use of aliases and
spelling errors in shipping lists, it is a "work in progress". Please contact Bruce if you know of another person whose name should be included here.

Click on a person's name to view his/her personal details as recorded.

Byrne, Patrick17711848
Byrne, Patrick W.about 1820
Byrne, WilliamMar 1813Cork, Co. Cork10 Jun 1861Sutton Forest, New South Wales
Cannon, William1810Co. Donegal
Chambers, Josephabout 18081852the Church of England Parish, Black Creek, Bulwarra; Clifden; Hinton; Morpeth; Maitland; Hunter, New South Wales
Compton, Stephen15 Jan 1795Tarrant Monkton, Dorset3 Sep 1878West Maitland, New South Wales
Cook, William T.about 1794St James, Bristol, Gloucestershire11 Sep 1881Morpeth, New South Wales
Cridland, Charles180327 Sep 1879Lower Fort Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Duddell, Mary A.about 1805
Dwyer, Jeremiahabout 1808
Eldridge, Jeremiah18121893Cooma, New South Wales
Foord, James15 Feb 1830Sydney, New South Wales
Garland, Thomas1884Paterson, New South Wales
Herbert, Thomas1798London, Middlesex9 Sep 1858the District Hospital, Liverpool, New South Wales
Holmes, Susannah1764Surlingham, Norfolk1825New South Wales
Kable, Henry1763Laxfield, Suffolk1846New South Wales
Kearns, Bridgetabout 1804Kildare, Co. Kildare1 Oct 1849Liverpool, New South Wales
Kelly, Patrickabout 1806Co. Sligo1876Wallalong, New South Wales
King, Samuelabout 18201867Picton, New South Wales
Larden, Robertabout 18091855Maitland District, New South Wales
Lee, Ann11 Dec 1808St Giles, Cripplegate, London8 Dec 1863the home of her daughter Elizabeth, Emu Plains, New South Wales
Maher, Matthew1814Bristol, Somerset25 Nov 1904Singleton, New South Wales
Martinere, Henry H.24 Jan 1803London13 Dec 1857Church Street, Parramatta, New South Wales
McKnight, Williamabout 1805Dumfries9 Nov 1885Warkworth, New South Wales
McWilson, Mary A.about 1813Reading, Buckinghamshire16 Mar 1886Morpeth, New South Wales
Moore, Annabout 180923 Apr 1857Maitland, New South Wales
Orchard, Jamesabout 18001856Chippendale, New South Wales
Palmer, Richardabout 18071862Patricks Plain, New South Wales
Smith, John1808Cripplegate, London1849Parramatta, New South Wales
Spinks, Thomasabout 1798Fritton, Norfolk21 Feb 1877his Residence, No. 2 Lane, Morpeth, New South Wales
Wakely, John6 Dec 1852Pitt Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Whelan, Judithabout 1817
Willis, Williamabout 1810Wiltshire23 Jun 1897Picton, New South Wales
Yardy, Richard1815Walpole St Peter, Norfolk3 Oct 1892Fern Hill, Dungog, New South Wales