Convicts: Life in the colony

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Index to convicts monthly returns of summary trials, 1832-1836

How to use Index to convicts monthly returns of summary trials

Only in the Library You can use Index to convicts monthly returns of summary trials, 1832-1836 when in the Library. Can't come to the Library? Contact us.

How to find out if a convict re-offended


Collect the Index to convicts monthly returns of summary trials, 1832-1836 from the 'New South Wales - Court Records' shelves in the Family history area of the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room.


Go to the index and find the page number for the area where your convict was tried. If you are not sure of the area, you will need to search through all indexes.


Go to the page and search for your convict in the Index to convicts monthly returns of summary trials.

Example of an entry from the index:

Surname First name Ship arrived on Page No
LYNCH John Dromedary 343


Use the details in the index to view the returns at State Archives & Records NSW.

The monthly returns of summary trials that have been indexed

Hyde Park Barracks (Aug–Dec 1832, Jan–Mar 1833, Jan, Mar 1835, Jan–Sep, Nov 1836) Invermein (Oct–Nov 1836) Lake George (Jul 1835)
Liverpool (Dec 1834, Jan 1835, Mar 1835, Nov 1836) Maitland (Jan, Jul 1835, Jan–Mar, May–Sep, Nov 1836) Merton (Sep, Nov, Dec 1833, Jun–Dec 1836)
Newcastle (Jan, Jul 1835, Feb–Sep 1836) Norfolk Island (Dec 1836) Parramatta (Jan–Nov 1836)
Paterson (Jul 1835, Jan–Sep, Nov 1836) Patricks Plains (Oct–Dec 1833, Mar, Jul 1835, May–Sep, Nov 1836) Port Macquarie (Nov 1835, Jan–Feb, Nov 1836)
Raymond Terrace (Mar–May 1836) Stonequarry and Cawdor (Mar 1835, Nov 1836) Sutton Forest (Jan–Feb 1836)
Sydney (Oct–Dec 1836) Vale of Clywd (May–Jun, Sept-Nov 1836) Wingello (Jul–Aug 1836)
Wollongong (Sep 1836) Yass (Mar–Sep, Nov–Dec 1836)  

About the returns

The Colonial Secretary's papers include monthly returns of summary trials of convicts who were tried before the Benches of Magistrate Courts at various large centres of the colony.