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Convicts in Tasmania

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Using convict records

  • Help using convict records

The records are often difficult to interpret and understand, and they include many abbreviations. The following may help you:

Convict Marriage Search

Search the Register of Convict Applications for Permission to Marry to find out if a convict applied to marry while under sentence

History of the Convict System in Tasmania

More than 70,000 convicts were transported to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) between 1804 and 1853, and more again were convicted locally. Most (but not all) of the records of these convicts are held by the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office.

For a thorough explanation of the administration of the convict system in Tasmania, see the Guide to the public records of Tasmania: The Convict Department. Also includes information about records of the department which are held at the State Library of New South Wales

UNESCO Memory of the World

Our convict records (along with those of New South Wales and Western Australia) have been added to the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register. The register is the equivalent for documents of the World Heritage List for built and natural sites.

Convict resources in other states

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Related websites

Female Convicts Research Centre Includes lists of female convicts and their children throughout Tasmania

Cascades Female Factory Historic Site Includes a great deal of information about the historic site

Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority assists with research into Tasmanian convicts and staff at Port Arthur - whether or not the convict was at Port Arthur

Founders and Survivors is a partnership between historians, genealogists, demographers and population health researchers. Provides a free brief transcription of some convict records

Friends of the Orphan School & St John's Park Precinct Search this site to find a child who was admitted to the Orphan School

Old Bailey Trials 1674 - 1913 Was your convict sentenced at the Old Bailey? Find their trial transcript