My Convicts - I have so far at least 8 convicts in my family!

  • James Parker - Vessel England Convicted Date 23 Mar 1835 Voyage Date 6 Jun 1835 Colony New South Wales Place of Conviction Somerset, England d 1889 Taree
  • Ann Goodhind - (wife of Richard Goodhind). Richard stayed back in England. She came with her two children on Vessel Henry Wellesley Year 1837. 14 years prison. d 1842 Mulgoa
  • Jane Holmes- (wife of William Byrne) Name Jane Holmes Vessel Kains Arrival Year 1831 Date of Conviction 26 Apr 1830 Children: Jane and Emily. Sent to Female Factory, Parramatta. d 1881 Sydney
  • William Bryne  - (husband of Jane Holmes) Name William Byrne Estimated Birth Year 1811 Vessel James Pattison Arrival Year 1830 Age 19 d 1883 Victoria
  • Francis Reynolds - (husband of Honora/Johanna Murphy) Birth Year 1806 Vessel Henry Porcher Arrival Year 1825 Age 19 Date of Conviction d 1851 Queanbeyan
  • Johanna/Honora Murphy - (wife of Francis Reynolds) Birth Year 1809 Vessel Hooghly Arrival Year 1831 Age 22 Date of Conviction 1830. Children: James, Mary, Caroline, John, Margaret. Sent to Female Factory, Parramatta. Remarried as Johanna Ryan after Francis Reynold died in 1851. d 1884 Cooma. 
  • Daniel Boland - (father of Joseph Boland) Vessel Asia V. Arrival year 1831 41 yrs old, brown hair, dark eyes, fresh complexion, 5ft 8ins tall, conduct very good on voyage to Australia. d 1860 Yass NSW Australia. My great great great grand father.
  • Joseph Boland - (son of Daniel Boland) Vessel Norfolk (3). Arrival year 1832. 12 years old. Conviction 1831. d1881 Dubbo NSW Australia. My great great grand father.


About 20 percent of Australians have connections to convicts who were delivered to Australia from countries like Scotland, Ireland and England.  The majority of convicts were transported for petty crimes. More serious crimes, such as rape and murder, became transportable offences in the 1830s, but since they were also punishable by death, comparatively few convicts were transported for such crimes.

About 1 in 7 convicts were women, while political prisoners, another minority group, comprise many of the best-known convicts. Once emancipated, most ex-convicts stayed in Australia and joined the free settlers, with some rising to prominent positions in Australian society. However, convictism carried a social stigma and, for some later Australians, being of convict descent instilled a sense of shame and cultural cringe. Attitudes became more accepting in the 20th century, and it is now considered by many Australians to be a cause for celebration to discover a convict in one's lineage.

Almost 20% of modern Australians, in addition to 2 million Britons, are descended from transported convicts. You can look for British convict transportation at this Convict Records of Australia website. 
» British Convict Transportation Convict Records.
» Australia's penal colony roots
» Claim a convict

Female Factory
Today, about 10% of Australians are descended from these convict women. The Female Factory housed convict women waiting for assignment, their children, re-offenders, emancipated women, or others requiring maternity, medical care, destitute invalid emigrant women, staff and administrators. The Parramatta Female Factory was multi-purpose. It was a place of assignment, a hospital, a marriage bureau, a factory, an asylum and a prison for those who committed a crime in the Colony. The reason it is called a factory is because it manufactured cloth - linen, wool and linsey woolsey.
» Parramatta Female Factory Precinct
» The Female Factory Online

Tickets of Leave
Tickets of leave allowed convicts to live and work for their own wages wherever they wanted to within a certain Police District. Tickets of leave were generally given to convicts with good behaviour. Convicts became eligible for a ticket after a certain amount of their sentence had been served.
» Tickets of leave / Certificates of freedom/ Pardons

Convict Assignment
‘Assignment’ meant that a convict worked for a private landowner. This was usually on a farm, far away from Sydney.
» Convict Assignment
» Work assignments

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From January 1788, when the First Fleet of convicts arrived at Botany Bay, to the end of convict transportation 80 years later, over 160,000 convicts were transported to Australia.

The majority of convicts were transported for petty crimes. It was once a point of shame that Australia was settled by convicts, but today, locals are embracing their crime-ridden past.

The first free settlers arrived on board the sailing ship Bellona on 16 January 1793. They were a farmer named Thomas Rose, his wife and four children and seven others. These first settlers received free passage, agricultural tools, two years provisions, and free grants of land from the government.