Convict Studies Group
The Convict Studies Group is a new group which aims to provide participants with the opportunity to learn about, research and record their convict ancestry.
During the sessions, you will explore the vast collection of records available to researchers in discovering information on your convict ancestor/s. Particpants will develop a "Convict Portfolio" of your convict and develop a timeline of his/her life. Using this information, you will begin the task of writing your convict's story.
As Group Leader, I will be there to assist and advise you, provide ongoing information and support and organise the monthly sessions and activities. Each session will involve theorectical and practical (hands-on) components. We will explore online resources and identify other respositories holding information relating to convict research.
So, come along and enjoy the fascinating topic of convict research.
Warren J Luxford
Convict Transportation Peaks
Source: National Maritime Musuem
Source: Sydney Living Museums
|Wednesday||17 April||1pm - 3|
|Monday||20 May||10am - 12|
|Monday||17 June||10am - 12|
|Monday||15 July||10am - 12|
|Monday||19 August||10am - 12|
|Thursday||19 September||10am - 12|
|Monday||21 October||10am - 12|
|Monday||18 November||10am - 12|
|Monday||16 December||10am - 12|
April 2019 - Welcome InformationApril 2019 - Session 1 ReadingApril 2019 - Convict ResourcesApril 2019 - Claim a ConvictMay 2019 - Convict Timeline ExampleMay 2019 - Sequence for ResearchingConvictsMay 2019 - Timeline-William LuxfordMay 2019 - Convict Writing ProformaMay 2019 - Session 2 ReadingJune 2019 - Assize RecordsJune 2019 - Church of Ireland ParishRegistersJune 2019 - Essential Websites 1July 2019 - Article: Indifference,Ignorance and Neglect1788-1910July 2019 - Convict Resources (CD)July 2019 - State Records NSW(Assignment)July 2019 - Fact Sheet:Convicts' FamiliesJuly 2019 - Fact Sheet:Convict RecordsJuly 2019 - Fact Sheet: ColonialSecretary Correspondence
JULY: Sydney Living Museum
The Sydney Living Museum website contains a significant amount of information on convict history. Information relating to convict transportation, assignment, marriage, freedom and a host of other aspects of a convicts' life in Sydney can be explored through the website.
Welcome to Sydney Living Museums, a group of 12 museums, houses and gardens that will take you on a remarkable journey through time and place to experience a whole other life.
MAY: Interesting Convict Fact
According to Robson (1965):
"Approximately 123,000 men and 25,000 women were transported to New South Wales and Van Dieman's Land, and 1.8 percent died on the voyage out. Most of them (130,000) came after 1815, half were sent out for seven years, and a quarter for life. Two convicts out of every three were tried in England, about one in three in Ireland, and a few in Scotland and abroad. The average age was twenty-six years, approximately 75 per cent of the prisoners were single, and nearly all were from the labouring classes. Certainly one-half, and probably two-thirds, had formerly been punished, usually for forms of theft. Eight out of every ten were transported for larceny of various kinds. Two-thirds were protestant, and one third Roman Catholics"
Source: Robson L.L., 1965. "The Convict Settlers of Australia", Melbourne University Press. Carlton. page 9.
Convicts at Barracks
APRIL: Interesting Convict Fact:
Australia's Last Convict
The Hougoumont, the last ship to take convicts from the United Kingdon to Australia docked in Fremantle, Western Australia on the 9 January 1868. It brought an end to a process which deposited approximately 168,000 convicted prisoners to Australia, beginning in 1788.The last living convict is recorded as Samuel Speed, who was sentenced to transportation in 1863 for the crime of setting fire to a haystack. He was was tried at Oxfordshire and sentenced to seven years transportation in 1863. He died in Perth's Old Men's Home in 1938.
Source: (adapted) www.abc.net.au/news/208-01-10/australia's-last-convicts/9317172