Sources

This is a list of the main records and datasets we plan to use.

  • Some are open access resources/data, while others are subscription resources.
  • Some are not yet online, or not complete.

Old Bailey Trials and Calendars

Other Offending Records

Pardons

  • Criminal Petitions: TNA HO 17 and HO 18 (1817-58)
  • Registers of Criminal Petitions: TNA HO 19 (1797-1853)
  • Criminal Entry Books: TNA HO 13 (1782-1871)
  • Judges’ Reports on Criminals: TNA HO 47 (1784-1830)
  • Capital Convicts at the Old Bailey (database created by Simon Devereaux)

Prisoners

  • Home Office and Prison Commission prison records: TNA PCOM 2 (various)
  • Registers of Prisoners from national prisons lodged in County Prisons: TNA HO 23 (1847-66)
  • Prison Registers and Statistical Returns: TNA HO 24 (1838-75)
  • Male Licences of Parole: TNA PCOM 3 (1853-87)
  • Licences of Parole for Female Convicts: TNA PCOM 4 (1853-87)
  • Old Captions and Transfer Papers: TNA PCOM 5 (1843-71)
  • Registers of Male and Female Licences: TNA PCOM 6 (1853-87)
  • Registers of Habitual Criminals: TNA MEPO 6 (1881-1925)

London/British Civil and Non-criminal Data

Hulks

  • Registers of convicts in prison hulks: TNA ADM 6/418-22 (1818-31)
  • Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books: TNA HO 9 (1802-49)
  • Convict Hulks, Convict Prisons and Criminal Lunatic Asylums: Quarterly Returns of Prisoners: TNA HO 8 (1824-76)
  • Treasury records: Convict Hulks: TNA T 38/310-338 (1802-18)

Convict Voyages

Tasmania Convict Records

Our main focus will be Tasmania because of the richness of the records (and the amount of digital data).

  • Convict Indents [Oxley/FAS]: eg: Tas CON 14 (male convicts, 1824-53), Tas CON 15 (female convicts, 1831-53)
  • Description Lists [FAS]: Tas CON18 (male, 1828-53), Tas CON 19 (female, 1828-53)
  • Conduct Records [FAS]: eg: Tas CON31 (male, 1803-43), Tas CON 40 (female, 1803-43)
  • Convict Musters [FAS]: eg TNA HO 10 (1806-49)
  • Labour Contracts [Oxley]: Tas CON 30 (1848-57), CON 152 (1850-52)
  • Assignment Lists: Tas CON 13 (1810-52)
  • Appropriation Lists: Tas CON 27 (1822-46)
  • Permission to Marry [TAHO/FAS]: Tas CON 45 (1829-51), CON 52 (1834-58)
  • Police Gazettes [FAS]: Tas POL 709 (1861-)
  • Convict Savings Bank Books: TNA CO 207/10 (1824-68)
  • Index to Convicts [TAHO/FAS]: a comprehensive name index compiled from multiple record series (1804-53)

Tasmania Other Records, Civil Data

Western Australia Convict Records

We are looking at Western Australia for late transportation data, and also because of the richness of its records. We are preparing data from a number of important WA record series held at the State Records Office of Western Australia. Of particular note:

  • Character Books Acc 1156 (1850-57)
  • General Convict Registers Acc 1156 (1850-68)
  • Medical Registers Acc 1156

Other Australian data

Large amounts of convict-related source material have been indexed/digitised by Australian libraries and other projects; datasets of potential interest include: