Here's my 2 bob's worth. Three main sources:
1) The Archives Office of Tas - for records of his service during & after
2) PRO in London if your convict was sentenced at the Assizes OR the appropriate county
record/archive office if they were sentenced at the Quarter Session court - records
relating to trial, sentencing & appeals;
3) Australian Joint Copying Project microfilms, selective holdings at major libraries.
1) Tas Archives:
see especially their "guides"
They hold a large number of convict records and to my knowledge all are available for
viewing on microfilm and copying there from. There are various types of records that
might be available such as
* Ship's indent
* Conduct record
* Appropriation list
* Description list.
I'm sure there are more. Not all these types of records are available for all
There is an index held at AoT and also on a CD giving details of what records are held
which convicts, but there was a long example on the list recently pointing out the
shortcomings and errors on the CD. <<But common sense says that any secondary
such as an index CD is subject to errors / omissions and like everything else in
eventually you need to do your own research if you want to be absolutely
My suggestion is you either request the AoT (e-mail on their web site) to advise what
records they can readily identify for your convict (or the List can look up the CD for
if you give the name) and you can request copies from them, for their usual fee. Or SKS
(local) might do a look-up & copy at AoT for you.
2) PRO / County Archives / AJCP
The PRO http://www.pro.gov.uk/
has an on-line catalogue which takes a bit of time to get
the hang of. You won't find your guy/gal indexed there (certain lucky exceptions) but
should see the record which should/might hold the trial and sentencing records. Getting
records from them other than a personal visit usually means hiring a researcher over
(you can order direct, from their web site but my own experience hasn't been too good
that score; expensive and hit-or-miss).
Look for things with ASSI prefix and descriptions like Crown Minute Books, Indictment
Files; HO (Home Office) for Petitions. Someone may be able to suggest where in Australia
these are view-able.
County records offices & quarter sessions, you will need to do on a case-by-case
(start with their web sites). There is a very large set of microfilm (thousands of
called the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) which includes some county records - I
found gaol records for my guy convicted at Maidstone, Kent there. Again, Mitchell holds
full set, other major libraries hold selected reels. There is a set of descriptive
catalogues saying what's in the various sets.
Some Australian libraries (eg Mitchell) hold films of Home Office files which relate to
convicts eg HO11 transport registers; HO 27 criminal registers, HO 9 prison hulks.
to be more (the numbers are the ones for one of my convicts - may not be unique).
Trials at the Old Bailey are coming on-line at http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/
That's a start - cross check what I've said before launching any major
From: Ms Laine S Clancy [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, 29 March 2004 7:23 PM
Subject: [AUS-Tas] Convict Lookup Please
Can someone advise how I get access to my ancestors convict records and what information
He was originally transported to Norfolk Island per "Blundell" arriving 8 March
Transferred to Tasmania per "Lady Franklin" arriving in Launceston 30 August