Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP)

The Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) is a collection of historical material relating to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific dating from 1560 to 1984.

Convict Research Guides

The Library’s Convict Research Guides are geared to family historians researching convict ancestors.

Many of the AJCP records are lists and registers of convicts that lend themselves to digitisation and you can search for the name of a convict in databases such as Ancestry and Findmypast.

The Research Guides include all relevant Home Office classes in addition to related records from other Departments such as the:

  • Prison Commission (Prison Registers)
  • Miscellaneous Series (Assize and Quarter Session court records)

Black-eyed Sue, and Sweet Poll of Plymouth taking leave of their lovers who are going to Botany Bay, 1794 / Publishers Laurie & Whittle

Convicts: Bound for Australia

A wide range of records relating to a convict’s life in the UK, including their trial, imprisonment, and transportation to Australia.

AJCP records include:

  • HO 8 and HO 9 Convicts in gaols and hulks
  • HO 13 and HO 25 Criminal entry books
  • HO 26 and HO 27 Criminal Registers
  • HO 19 and 47 Criminal Petitions and Judges Reports (Not part of the AJCP, as not all classes of British Government records of interest to Australians were copied.)
  • HO 11 Transportation Registers 1787-1868.

The Guide includes records of other departments including:

  • PCOM2 Prison Commission Prison records
  • T1 Treasury Board hulk returns
  • M Series Quarter Session and Prison Records.                                                                     

The guide includes supplementary sources such as British newspaper eresources. These databases are only available to NSW residents with a Library card.


12. Prisoner's Barracks, Hyde Park

Convicts: Life in the Colony

AJCP records are from HO 10 and comprise:

  • lists of convicts and settlers in NSW and Tasmania
  • pardons and tickets of leave
  • convict musters 1806-1849
  • the first complete census – NSW 1828.

Records from the Colonial Office are also included in particular CO 201 NSW and CO 280 Tasmania (applications to the Colonial Office in London re life in the Colonies).

The guide includes many sources from NSW State Records, as the Colonial Government superseded the Colonial Office in the administration of the Australian colonies.