Prisons and Convicts

Convict, Prison, Australian Convicts


We are very lucky that some of the best records kept in history are in regards to people who broke the law.  Many records survive today and give us a wealth of information about our lawless ancestor.  Here are some websites that will help you to find them.





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    • Australian Convict Sites – a listing of historic convict sites that still exist within Australia today.
    • Founders and Survivors – this partnership between historians, genealogists, demographers, and health researchers to track the lives of convicts brought to Tasmania.
    • Fremantle Prison, Western Australia – this website contains a wealth of information about the main prison in the WA convict era.
      • Convict Database – a searchable database of convicts sent to Western Australia.
    • LINC – This Tasmanian Government site contains the Tasmanian Name Index to search for information regarding convicts sent to Tasmania.
    • New South Wales State Archives – Convicts – guides and a searchable index to information pertaining to convicts including pardons, tickets of leave, deaths, and other relevant information.
    • Public Records Office of Victoria – Justice, crime and law contains thousands of records to criminal trials and convictions.
    • State Library of New South Wales
    • State Records Office of Western Australia – Convict Records as they pertain to the state of Western Australia (WA)
    • Sydney Living Museums
      • Hyde Park Barracks – a collection of records regarding the history of Hyde Park Barracks including information about the convict period.
      • Justice and Police Museum – A Sydney based museum dedicated to the criminal and police history of Sydney.  You can visit to see this history but have a look at their website for some great information.


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