Series S691 - LISTS - CONVICTS

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AU WA S691




  • 1850-01-01 - 1853-01-01 (Creation)

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AU WA A442 - CONVICT ESTABLISHMENT (1850-01-01 - 1887-04-30)

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In 1850 a Board of Directors of convict prisons was set up in England. Fremantle Prison was built as a convict establishment by the British government in the 1850s as a result of the decision taken in 1849 to transport British felons to Western Australia. The last convict arrived in Western Australia in 1868 and Fremantle Prison was transferred to the colonial government in 1886. The transfer of the Imperial Convict Establishment and the Imperial Invalid Depot was completed on 30 April 1887.

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Lists of male convicts to be transported to Western Australia. Each list is for the men transported on a particular ship. As well as the number of men, the name of the prison in England from where the convicts were removed, and the ship's name, the lists show the convict's name, registration number, age whether he can read or write, trade or profession, marital status, specific description of crime, sentence, when and where convicted, when and where received, period of detention in the English prison, remarks, periods served before receiving ticket of leave, period to be served in WA. The lists are incomplete.


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