A Fleet of Transports under Convoy (c.1788)
This guide takes you to key resources that document the early life of convicts including their crime, trial and sentence, and confinement in UK prisons or hulks before being transported. It also covers the voyage out to Australia.
Not sure how to begin? Check out getting started with your convict research.
You may also need to use our other research guide Convicts: Life in the colony to find resources about the life of convicts on Australian soil. These include their working life, family life, whether they re-offended and how they won their freedom.
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Family history at the Library
You can find our Family history area on Lower Ground 2 of the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room. This is where you will find most of our family history resources. We also have resources in the Special Collections area in the Mitchell Library Reading Room and in stack storage. Ask staff for help with your research as well as using our collections.
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