Sentenced beyond the seas - Australia's earliest convict records

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Our Sentenced Beyond the Seas project revealed tales of convict fraud, the origins of Australia’s love of beer, executions and more. For Open Day 2013 Janette Pelosi spoke of some of these tales of our earliest convicts from 1788 to 1801. The aim of the Sentenced Beyond the Seas project was to digitise and index Australia's earliest convict records. Convict Indents list the convicts transported to New South Wales. As a result you can now search over 12,000 names listed in these records and view the digital indents online.

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Sentenced beyond the seas - Australia's earliest convict records

  1. 1. Sentenced beyond the Seas Australia’s early convict records 30 August 2013 State Records Open Day Janette Pelosi
  2. 2. Sentenced beyond the Seas • Transportation – but where to? • ‘America’ • ‘Africa’ or • ‘parts beyond the Seas’
  3. 3. Destination ‘Botany Bay’ • August 1786 decision made • 11 ships were prepared including 6 convict transports, 2 naval ships and 3 storeships • 26 January 1788
  4. 4. Alphabetical Indents, 1788-1800
  5. 5. Return from transportation • Governor Hunter and the return of Pearce
  6. 6. A case of fraud • Marquis Cornwallis
  7. 7. Sir Henry Browne Hayes First owner of Vaucluse House
  8. 8. Sir Henry Browne Hayes, sheriff of Cork
  9. 9. H. B. Hayes, convict per Atlas, 1802
  10. 10. Return of the Alphabetical Indent
  11. 11. Bibliography • • • • Charles Bateson, The convict ships 1787-1868. Sydney, Library of Australian History, 2004. 1st published 1959. Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: a biographical dictionary of the First Fleet. Sydney, Library of Australian History, 1989. Barbara Hall, A Desperate Set of Villains: the convicts of the Marquis Cornwallis, Ireland to Botany Bay, 1796. The Author, 2000. David T. Hawkings, Bound for Australia. Sydney, Library of Australia History, 1988 (Act transcribed, Appendix 18, pp.249-253.) • Sir Henry Browne Hayes website (www.sirhenrybrownehayes.com) • [Photographs of Sydney’s First Fleet ferries taken by Janette Pelosi]
  12. 12. Sinar camera

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