Hello Lesley and List,
Very often, Historical Records of Australia (HRA) is given as a reference on List.
Regarding Assignment of Convicts, for any given year a reference may be found regarding
ship in HRA.
The following may be trivial, however of interest to me in my research of the Transport
Mermaid in 1830. Given are the Transports which left England in 1829 and the number of
assignable convicts, male and female.
HRA Series 1 Vol XIV page 575
Assignment of Convicts
During the year 1829, letters, which enclosed the assignments of convicts (not available)
per the ships named, were written to the under secretary of state for the colonies, with
dates as under:-
Date of letter Ship's name No. of convicts
13 Mar Waterloo 180 male
6th Apr America 176 "
16th Apr Sovereign 119 female
20th May Norfolk 200 male
23rd May John 188 "
18th Jun Layton 190 "
13th Jul Lucy Davidson 101 female
6th Aug Morley 200 male
20th Aug Claudine 180 "
24th Aug Sarah 200 "
29th Sep Dunveagan Castle 180 "
8th Oct Katherine Stewart Forbes 200 "
4th Dec Mermaid 200 "
28th Dec Nithsdale 184 "