There was a scheme for families to come, sometimes quite early into the
sentence. Some of them also came much later. One of my ancestors left a
wife and 2 small children in England when he came as a convict in 1830. He
got a conditional pardon in 1844 and a full pardon the following year, and
had been working for one employer, with better conditions than most convicts
all those years, but it wasn't until 1849 that his family joined him here.
Goodness knows how one picks up the pieces of a marriage after all those
There has been a book written recently which lists all those who have been
discovered to have come out under these schemes. I think you can get it
through the Tasmanian Family History Society. They have a website, so it is
probably listed there.
----- Original Message -----
From: graham dixon <gdixon(a)internet.co.nz>
Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2001 4:37 PM
Subject: [AUS-Tas] Convict's families emmigrating
I have recently discovered a Nathaniel CARR who fits my research on
convict lists to Tasmania.
I have found several of his children also in Australia, reportedly
during 1840s while his wife and some children are still in Birmingham at
the 1851 census.
Can someone please educate me as to what schemes were available for some
of Nathaniel's family to join him.
Is it possible that that they may be assisted immigrants given a tie to
a convict ?
Was there a mechanism whereby convicts could "apply" for their families
to be sent out - maybe towards the end of their sentance ?
Is it possible that family members were able to accompany convicts on
their transportation voyage ?
Did 'free' emmigrants travel on convict ships ? and are they included on
'passenger' lists ?
Please reply to this list. I suspect that others may be interested in
(Auckland, New Zealand)