I have been researching Tocal's convicts transported for crimes of
'protest' and thought I would share some of the resources available.
If your convict's offence was 'machine breaking' or rioting in the
southern or eastern counties of England in 1830 then the chances are
he/she was a Swing rioter. 481 Swing rioters were transported, 144 of
them to NSW. Of these 133 arrived on the Eleanor in 1831 and the balance
on five other ships including the Portland.
There is a new book out which I found to be a great read, called "The
Convicts of the Eleanor - Protest in Rural England, New Lives in
Australia" by D Kent & N Townsend, 2002.
Another book on the Swing riots is called "Captain Swing" by E Hobsbawm
& G Rudè (1969).
If your convict was transported for rioting or machine breaking in
Lancashire in 1826 you could read "Riot! The Story of the East
Lancashire Loom-breakers in 1826" by W Turner (1992).
If you have an Irish convict transported for whiteboyism, swearing
oaths, insurrection or being absent from home, good background can be
found in "Protest and Punishment - the Story of the Social and Political
Protesters transported to Australian 1788-1868" by G Rudè (1978). Local
libraries should be able to get these books on inter-library loan
(that's how I get them).
Hope this helps someone.
(Reseaching all who worked on 'Tocal' near Paterson NSW to 1900)