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Arrivals to the Colony

NRS 1150, NRS 1151, NRS 1152, NRS 1153, NRS 1154, NRS 12188, NRS 12189, Convict arrivals, 1788-1842
(131 microfiche)
Fiche 614-744

The 'Convict Indents' provide a great deal of information about individual convicts-more as the transportation period continued. The details given always include name, date and place of trial, and sentence. Later volumes also record age, literacy, religion, marital status, number of male and female children, native place, trade or calling, offence, former convictions, and detailed physical description.

Indexes

The Genealogical Society of Victoria has published an index on microfiche to these records. Enquiries should be addressed to:

The Genealogical Society of Victoria
PO Box 4332 MELBOURNE VIC 3000

Convicts can also be traced through the following indexes which are included in the microfiche set of Convict arrivals:

Chronological Lists of Convicts on Transports

Fiche Dates
614-619 1788-1800
626 1801-1814
627 1814-1818
628 1818-1819
628-629 1820-1821
629 1822-June 1823

An Index to convict indents, 1837-42, NRS 12191 [Fiche 803-806] is also available as part of the kit.

Fiche Dates
803 A-E
804 F-K
805 L-R
806 S-Z

Item List

A modified version of Appendix A-1 of the Guide to Convict Records in the Archives Office of New South Wales Supplement has been reproduced below for convenience. However, the published Supplement, which is in the kit, should be consulted when using these microfiche as it provides much more detailed information on these records and their arrangement on the microfiche.

Fiche Item Description
[4/4003] Alphabetical List of Convicts on Transports, 1788-1800
614 A-D (part)
615 D (part)-H (part)
616 H (part)-O (part)
617 O (part)-V (part)
[4/4003A] Alphabetical List of Convicts on Transports, 1788-1800
618 V (part)-Y. A-M (part) (Supplementary)
619 M (part)-Y (Supplementary)
[SZ115] Bound Lists and Indentures. 1786-99
620 First Fleet Transports, 1788-Neptune, 1790
621 Scarborough, 1790-Active, 1791
622 Britannia I, 1791-Queen, 1791
623 Pitt, 1792-Indispensible, 1796
624 Britannia II, 1797-Hillsborough, 1799
625 [4/3999] Bound Lists and Indentures. 1800-01
Minerva, 1800-Nile I, 1801
[4/4002C] Partial List of Convicts Aboard the Friendship II, 1800
626 [4/4003A]* pp 246-192 Alphabetical List of Convicts on Transports, 1801-14A-Y and Appendix (Supplementary List) * Pagination is in descending order
627 [4/4003A] Alphabetical List of Convicts on Transports, 1814-18
* pp 192-148 * Pagination is in descending order
[4/4003A] * pp 151-143 Chronological list of convict transports arriving in the Colony, 1788-1824 (with statistical information) * Pagination is in descending order
[4/4003A] pp 109-166 Lists of convicts arriving in the Colony from places other than the United Kingdom, 1807-24
628 [4/4008] * pp 552-475 Alphabetical list of convicts on transports, 1818-19
* Pagination is in descending order
[4/4008] Alphabetical list of convicts on transports, 1820-21
* pp 474-436 A-H (part) * Pagination is in descending order
629 * pp 435-382 H (part) - Y * Pagination is in descending order
[4/4008] pp 325-379 Alphabetical list of convicts on transports, 1822- Jun 1823
[4/4004] Bound Indents, 1801-14
630 Table of Contents
pp 1-110 Anne I, 1801-Atlas I, 1802
631 pp 111-218 Glatton, 1803-William Pitt, 1806
632 pp 219-332 Fortune, 1806-Anne II, 1810
633 pp 333-452 Canada, 1810-Archduke Charles, 1813
634 pp 453-556 Fortune, 1813-Surrey I, 1814
[4/4005] Bound Indents, 1814-18
635 Table of Contents
pp 1-112 Broxbornebury, 1814-Baring, 1815
636 pp 113-224 Fanny I, 1816-Surrey I, 1816
637 pp 225-336 Lord Melville I, 1817-Canada, 1817
638 pp 337-454 Almorah, 1817-Guildford, 1818
[4/4006] Bound Indents, 1818-19
639 Table of Contents
pp 1-117 Batavia, 1818-Tottenham, 1818 (part)
640 pp 118-237 Tottenham, 1818 (part)-Tyne, 1819 (part)
641 pp 238-359 Tyne, 1819 (part)-Canada, 1819 (part)
642 pp 360-460 Canada, 1819 (part)-Recovery, 1819
[4/4007] Bound Indents, 1820-21
643 Table of Contents
pp 1-106 Caledonia, 1820-Castle Forbes, 1820
644 pp 107-222 Coromandel II, 1820-Agamemnon, 1820
645 pp 223-336 Guildford, 1820-Medway, 1821
646 pp 337-446 Dick, 1821-John Bull, 1821
[4/4008] Bound Indents, 1822-23
647 Table of Contents
pp 1-108 Claudine, 1821-Richmond, 1822The Claudine arrived 15 Dec 1821 but is bound into volume 4/4008
648 pp 109-216 Mary Anne I, 1822-Mangles, 1822
649 pp 217-322 Eliza I, 1822-Woodman, 1823
[4/4009] Bound Indents, 1823-24
650 Table of Contents
pp 1-102 Recovery, 1823-Mary III, 1823
651 pp 103-202 Albion, 1823-Guildford, 1824
652 pp 203-238 Brothers, 1824-Prince Regent I, 1824
[4/4009A] Bound Indents, 1823-26
653 Table of Contents
pp 21-79 Earl St Vincent, 1823-Brothers, 1824Pages 1-20 of this volume contain the indents of the Henry and Ocean II, which both arrived in 1823. As these indents are badly damaged and incomplete, other indents for these vessels have been reproduced on Fiche 650.Page 79 contains a list of 6 free female passengers (and children).
654 pp 80-142 Countess of Harcourt, 1824-Ann and Amelia, 1825 (part)
655 pp 143-198 Ann and Amelia, 1825 (part)-Hercules II, 1825The original pagination is faint in places and has been supplemented with the appropriate numbers, marked with an asterisk (*).
656 pp 200-248 Mariner, 1825-Henry Porcher, 1825
657 pp 249-262 Marquis of Hastings, 1826-Midas, 1825
657 [2/8269] Colonial Secretary: Musters and Other PapersThe indent for the Marquis of Hastings, 1826 is badly damaged and incomplete. To supplement it, the assignment list for this ship has also been filmed. This list follows the last page of the indent of the Marquis of Hastings and precedes that of the Midas, 1825 (which has been bound out of chronological sequence).
658 [2/8242 2/8261-62 2/8268 2/8270 2/8272 2/8274] Colonial Secretary: Musters and Other PapersThese records have been filmed to supplement the damaged indents at Vol. 4/4009A (Fiche 653-657).
659 [X31, X32, X33] Warrants of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (Irish Indents), 1823-25, CGS 1156
These records have been filmed to supplement the damaged indents at [4/4009A] (Fiche 653-657).
[4/4011] Bound Indents, 1826
660 Table of Contents
pp 1-60 Boyne-Regalia (part)
661 pp 61-119 Regalia (part)-England (part)
662 pp 120-167 England (part)-Chapman
[4/4012] Bound Indents, 1827
663 Table of Contents
pp 1-58 Grenada-Midas (part)
664 pp 59-119 Midas (part)-Guildford (part)
665 pp 120-179 Guildford (part)-Manlius
666 pp 180-239 Harvey-Champion (part)
667 pp 240-267 Champion (part)-Andromeda I
[4/4013] Bound Indents, 1827-28
668 Table of Contents
pp 1-59 John I-Morley (part)
669 pp 60-120 Morley (part)-Countess of Harcourt (part)
670 pp 121-178 Countess of Harcourt (part)-Royal George
[4/4014] Bound Indents, 1829
671 Table of Contents
pp 1-155 Governor Ready-Edward (part)
672 pp 156-214 Edward (part)-Norfolk (part)
673 pp 215-273 Norfolk (part)-Morley
[4/4015] Bound Indents, 1829-30
674 Table of Contents
pp 1-55 Claudine-Katherine Stewart Forbes (part)
675 pp 56-113 Katherine Stewart Forbes (part)-Lady Feversham (part)
676 pp 114-159 Lady Feversham (part)-Lord Melville II
[4/4016] Bound Indents, 1830-32
677 Table of Contents
pp 1-60 Hercules II-York I (part)
678 pp 61-110 York I (part)-Waterloo
679 pp 111-165 Eleanor-Hooghly (part)
680 pp 166-220 Hooghly (part)-Norfolk (part)
681 pp 221-262 Norfolk (part)-Wave/Norfolk
[4/4017] Bound Indents, 1832-33
682 Table of Contents
pp 1-58 Portland-Lady Harewood (part)
683 pp 59-117 Lady Harewood (part)-Dunvegan Castle (part)
684 pp 118-178 Dunvegan Castle (part)-Surrey II (part)
685 pp 179-233 Surrey II (part)-Asia I (part)
686 pp 234-257 Asia I (part)-Caroline
[4/4018] Bound Indents, 1833-35
687 Table of Contents
pp 2-115 Captain Cook-Lord Lyndoch (part)
688 pp 116-237 Lord Lyndoch (part)-Neva (part)
689 pp 238-346 Neva (part)-Parmelia (part)
690 pp 347-461 Parmelia (part)-Susan (part)
691 pp 462-535 Susan (part)-Dart
[4/4019] Bound Indents, 1834-35
692 Table of Contents
pp 2-116 Alice-Hooghly (part)
693 pp 117-232 Hooghly (part)-Bengal Merchant (part)
694 pp 233-338 Bengal Merchant (part)-Marquis of Huntley (part)
695 pp 339-409 Marquis of Huntley (part)-Mary III
[X633] Annotated Printed Indents, 1831
696 Table of Contents
pp 1-52 York I-Camden (part)
697 pp 53-108 Camden (part)-Surrey I (part)
698 pp 109-166 Surrey I (part)-Strathfieldsay
[X634] Annotated Printed Indents, 1832
699 Table of Contents
pp 1-52 Research-Captain Cook (part)
700 pp 53-108 Captain Cook (part)-Eliza II (part)
701 pp 109-164 Eliza II (part)-Parmelia (part)
702 pp 165-192 Parmelia (part)-Southworth
[X635] Annotated Printed Indents, 1833
703 Table of Contents
pp 1-52 Mary III-Mangles (part)
704 pp 53-108 Mangles (part)-Heroine (part)
705 pp 109-164 Heroine (part)-Aurora I (part)
706 pp 165-222 Aurora I (part)-Surrey II (part)
707 pp 223-248 Surrey II (part)-Dart
[X636] Annotated Printed Indents, 1834
708 Table of Contents
pp 1-52 Royal Sovereign-Hive (part)
709 pp 53-108 Hive (part)-Surrey I (part)
710 pp 109-164 Surrey I (part)-Hooghly (part)
711 pp 165-198 Hooghly (part)-George Hibbert
[X637] Annotated Printed Indents, 1835
712 Table of Contents
pp 2-53 Henry Porcher-Forth
713 pp 54-109 Lady Kennaway-Westmoreland (part)
714 pp 110-163 Westmoreland (part)-Lady McNaughten
715 pp 164-219 Mary Ann II-Mary III
[X638] Annotated Printed Indents, 1836
716 Table of Contents
pp 1-54 Layton-Recovery (part)
717 pp 55-110 Recovery (part)-Moffatt (part)
718 pp 111-166 Moffatt (part)-Captain Cook (part)
719 pp 167-220 Captain Cook (part)-Roslin Castle (part)
720 pp 221-246 Roslin Castle (part)-Pyramus
[X639] Annotated Printed Indents, 1836
721 Table of Contents
pp 1-52 Layton-Recovery (part)
722 pp 53-108 Recovery (part)-Moffatt (part)
723 pp 109-164 Moffatt (part)-Captain Cook (part)
724 pp 165-222 Captain Cook (part)-Roslin Castle
725 pp 223-246 Thomas Harrison-Pyramus
[X640] Annotated Printed Indents, 1837
726 Table of Contents
pp 1-52 Ellen-Norfolk (part)
727 pp 53-108 Norfolk (part)-Heber (part)
728 pp 109-164 Heber (part)-Charles Kerr (part)
729 pp 165-222 Charles Kerr (part)-Margaret
730 pp 223-242 Henry Wellesly-Sir Charles Forbes
[3/6398] Non-Annotated Printed Indents, 1837
731 pp 1-52 Ellen-Norfolk (part)This section of Volume 3/6398 has been filmed to supplement the damaged Printed Indent [X640] (Fiche 726).
[X641] Annotated Printed Indents, 1838(The indents in this volume commence at page 6)
732 Table of Contents
pp 6-57 Neptune II-William Jardine (part)
733 pp 58-113 William Jardine (part)-Lord Lyndock (part)
734 pp 114-169 Lord Lyndock (part)-Earl Grey (part)
735 pp 170-227 Earl Grey (part)-Diamond (part)
736 pp 228-241 Diamond (part)-John Renwick
[X642] Annotated Printed Indents, 1839(The indents in this volume commence at page 6)
737 Table of Contents
pp 6-57 Theresa-Waverley (part)
738 pp 58-113 Waverley (part)-Barrosa (part)
739 pp 114-171 Barrosa (part)-Mary Anne (part)
740 pp 172-185 Mary Anne (part)-Kate
[X642A] Annotated Printed Indents, 1840-42(The indents in this volume commence at page 6)
741 Table of Contents
pp 6-57 Layton-Woodbridge (part)
742 pp 58-113 Woodbridge (part)-Maitland (part)
743 pp 114-169 Maitland (part)-Eden (part)
744 pp 170-229 Eden (part)-Mandarin

Assignment

NRS 12193, NRS 12194, Convict assignment registers, 24 Dec 1821-17 Jan 1825
(4 microfiche)
Fiche 745-748

On arrival convicts were usually assigned to settlers, with males generally working as farm labourers or shepherds and females as domestic servants. Some skilled labourers and badly-behaved convicts were assigned to work for the Government.There are two registers in this set: the Register of artificers and other labourers assigned [4/4520 on Fiche 746]; and the Register of prisoners who were not artificers and who were assigned [4/4521 on Fiche 747-748].Artificers include the following skilled occupations: barbers, blacksmiths, brickmakers, carpenters, glaziers, hairdressers, house painters, sawyers, stone masons, shoemakers and tailors.Both volumes record date of assignment, to whom assigned, residence, prisoner's name, ship, date and reason for return to Government, and other remarks. The volume [4/4520] on Fiche 746 also records occupation.

Index

A typescript index to these volumes has been prepared by State Records and is filmed on Fiche 745. This index records name, ship, date of assignment, location of original, page number, and entry number (if applicable).

Item List

Fiche Dates Description
745 Index
746 24 Dec 1821- 17 Jan 1825 [4/4520]
747 24 Dec 1821- 27 Feb 1824 [4/4521 pp. 1-121]
748 27 Feb 1824- 31 Dec 1824 [4/4521 pp. 122-65]

Tickets of Leave

NRS 12200, Register of Tickets of Leave, 29 Jul 1824-8 Mar 1827
(3 microfiche)
Fiche 752-754

A ticket of leave allowed a convict to work for his own benefit and to acquire property on the conditions that he resided within a prescribed area, attended a muster every few months and attended church weekly (if within a reasonable distance).The register records number of ticket, name, ship and year of arrival, when and where convicted, sentence, native place, calling, year of birth, height, complexion, hair, eyes, date of ticket, district, and general remarks.

Index

A typescript index to this volume has been prepared by State Records and is filmed on Fiche 752. In order to locate an entry in the register, the index should be searched for the convict's name; having located the convict, particular note should be taken of the second number in the Ticket of Leave (TL) No. column, ie. the number after the oblique.

Item List

Fiche Dates Description
752 Index
753 29 Jul 1824-7 Jul 1825 TL 293/1227 - 357/1831
754 7 Jul 1825-8 Mar 1827 TL 358/1832 - 37/2422
NRS 12202, Ticket of Leave butts, 31 Mar 1827-20 Aug 1867
(58 rolls of 35mm microfilm)
Reels 909-965, 2688A

Each butt provides the following information: prisoner's number, name, ship and year of arrival, master of ship, native place, trade or calling, offence, place and date of trial, sentence, year of birth, physical description, the district prisoner allocated to, the Bench which recommended him, and the date of issue of the ticket of leave. There are also notes of change of district, Conditional Pardons, etc. on most of the butts.

Indexes

There is an index in the front of each volume except for [4/4064] (located on Reel 909), where it is in the back, and [4/4212] (on Reel 960) for which no index was made.

An index to Tickets of Leave, 1810-75 has been compiled by

Perry McIntyre
PO Box 4 SPIT JUNCTION NSW 2088

This index is now available on the Society of Australian Genealogists' website.

Item List

Please note that the following volumes are incorrectly labelled on the microfilm reels and accordingly are filmed out of sequence: [4/4187] as [4/4189]; [4/4189] as [4/4187]; [4/4213] as [4/4214]; and [4/4214] as [4/4213].

Reel Dates Inclusive Nos. Item
909 31 Mar-4 Sep 1827 27/38-537 [4/4063-4064]
910 4 Sep 1827-18 Aug 1828 27/538-28/326 [4/4065-4067]
911 18 Aug 1828-1 May 1829 28/327-29/14 [4/4068-4069]
912 1 May-10 Dec 1829 29/148-895 [4/4070-4072]
913 10 Dec 1829-3 Jun 1830 29/896-30/264 [4/4073-4074]
914 3 Jun 1830-14 Feb 1831 30/265-31/54 [4/4075-4077]
915 14 Feb-3 Nov 1831 31/55-801 [4/4078-4080]
916 3 Nov 1831-24 Mar 1832 31/802-32/244 [4/4081-4082]
917 24 Mar-20 Jul 1832 32/245-244 [4/4083-4084]
918 20 Jul 1832-1 May 1833 32/745-33/181 [4/4085-4087]
919 1 May-1 Oct 1833 33/182-679 [4/4088-4089]
920 1 Oct 1833-26 Apr 1834 33/680-3[4/255 [4/4090-4092]
921 26 Apr-26 Jul 1834 34/256-753 [4/4093-4094]
922 part 26 Jul-8 Nov 1834 34/754-1002 [4/4095]
2688A 8 Nov-31 Dec 1834 34/1003-1502 [4/4419-4420]
922 part 31 Dec 1834-1 Jul 1835 34/1503-35/348 [4/4096-4097]
923 1 Jul 1835-13 Jan 1836 35/349-36/91 [4/4098-4100]
965 part 13 Jan-8 Mar 1836 36/92-338 [4/4101]
924 8 Mar-2 Jun 1836 36/339-1082 [4/4102-4104]
925 2 Jun-3 Nov 1836 36/1083-1828 [4/4105-4107]
926 3 Nov 1836-10 Apr 1837 36/1829-37/507 [4/4108-4110]
927 10 Apr-15 Aug 1837 37/508-1255 [4/4111-4113]
928 15 Aug 1837-8 Feb 1838 37/1256-38/59 [4/4115-4116]
929 8 Feb-19 May 1838 38/60-807 [4/4117-4119]
930 19 May-26 Sep 1838 38/808-1555 [4/4120-4122]
931 26 Sep 1838-1 Feb 1839 38/1556-39/50 [4/4123-4125]
932 1 Feb-1 May 1839 39/51-794 [4/4126-4128]
933 1 May-16 Aug 1839 39/795-1544 [4/4129-4131]
934 16 Aug-12 Dec 1839 39/1545-2285 [4/4132-4134]
935 12 Dec 1839-13 Mar 1840 39/2286-40/594 [4/4135-4137]
936 13 Mar-3 Jun 1840 40/595-1339 [4/4138-4140]
937 3 Jun-8 Oct 1840 40/1340-2086 [4/4141-4143]
938 8 Oct-21 Dec 1840 40/2087-2832 [4/4144-4146]
939 21 Dec 1840-31 Mar 1841 40/2833-41/746 [4/4147-4149]
940 31 Mar-18 Jul 1841 41/747-1490 [4/4150-4152]
941 18 Jul-8 Oct 1841 41/1491-2236 [4/4153-4155]
942 8 Oct 1841-10 Jan 1842 41/2237-42/245 [4/4156-4158]
943 10 Jan-5 Apr 1842 42/246-994 [4/4159-4161]
944 5 Apr-13 Jul 1842 42/995-1742 [4/4162-4164]
945 13 Jul-8 Oct 1842 42/1743-2488 [4/4165-4167]
946 8 Oct-12 Dec 1842 42/2489-3237 [4/4168-4170]
947 12 Dec 1842-4 Mar 1843 42/3238-43/590 [4/4171-4173]
948 4 Mar-9 May 1843 43/591-1336 [4/4174-4176]
949 9 May-5 Sep 1843 43/1337-2075 [4/4177-4179]
950 5 Sep-12 Dec 1843 43/2076-2822 [4/4180-4182]
951 12 Dec 1843-9 Feb 1844 43/2823-4[4/517 [4/4183-4185]
952 part 9 Feb-8 Mar 1844 4[4/518-768 [4/4186]
953 part 8 Mar-15 Mar 1844 4[4/769-1019 [4/4187]
952 part 15 Mar-14 May 1844 4[4/1020-1516 [4/4189, 4/4188]
953 part 14 May-29 Jul 1844 4[4/1517-2012 [4/4190-4191]
954 29 Jul-14 Nov 1844 4[4/2013-2764 [4/4192-4194]
955 14 Nov 1844-18 Mar 1845 4[4/2765-45/474 [4/4195-4197]
956 18 Mar-12 Jul 1845 45/475-1226 [4/4198-4200]
957 12 Jul-12 Nov 1845 45/1227-1978 [4/4201-4203]
958 12 Nov 1845-16 Mar 1846 45/1979-46/515 [4/4204-4206]
959 16 Mar-11 Sep 1846 46/516-1263 [4/4207-4209]
960 part 11 Sep 1846-1 Jun 1847 46/1264-47/501 [4/4210-4212]
961 part 23 Jun-6 Oct 1847 47/502-749 [4/4213]
960 part 6 Oct 1847-1 Jan 1848 47/750-48/25 [4/4214]
961 part 1 Jan 1848-12 Jun 1849 48/26-49/166 [4/4215-4216]
962 12 Jun-30 Nov 1849 49/167-662 [4/4217-4218]
963 30 Nov-30 Dec 1849  49/663-1401  [4/4219-4221] 
964 30 Dec 1849-27 Sep 1851  49/1402-51/194  [4/4222-4224] 
965 part 27 Sep 1851-20 Aug 1867  51/195-67/2  [4/4225-4226] 
893  11 Jun 1868-13 Dec 1875  68/1-75/1  [4/4234] 

Conditional Pardons

NRS 1170, Register of Conditional Pardons, 16 Dec 1791-6 Dec 1825
(4 microfiche)
Fiche 820-823

A conditional pardon remitted the remainder of a convict's sentence, on the condition that the person did not return to Great Britain. It was usually only given to convicts who had long sentences, such as fourteen years or life.Varying degrees of information on convicts pardoned are provided, such as number and date of pardon, name, ship and year of arrival, native place, trade and calling, offence, place and date of trial, sentence, year of birth, height, complexion, and colour of hair and eyes. The register is generally more detailed from June 1810 (page 50).

Index

There is an index in the front of the volume which is located at the beginning of Fiche 820.

Item List

Fiche Dates Pages
820 1A-28A (Index)
820 Dec 1791-Jun 1804 1-30
821 Jun 1804-Jan 1816 31-91
822 Jan 1816-Sep 1820 92-152
823 Jan 1821-Dec 1825 153-199
NRS 1173 Registers of Convicts recommended for Conditional Pardons, 6 May 1826-30 Jun 1856
(12 microfiche)
Fiche 824-835

The first two volumes record: number and date of pardon; name; ship; master and year of arrival; native place, trade or calling; offence; sentence; year of birth; and physical description, together with details of who recommended the pardon and the result of the application. The last volume notes only name, number, and ship of arrival with occasional other details.

Index

There are indexes in the front of the first two volumes.

Item List

Fiche Dates Item Remarks
824 [4/4478, pp. 1-51] Index
May 1826-Aug 1835 [4/4478, pp. 1-31]
825 Aug 1835-Feb 1838 [4/4478, pp. 32-92]
826 Feb 1838-Jan 1841 [4/4478, pp. 93-152]
827 Jan 1841-Oct 1842 [4/4478, pp. 154-214]
828 Oct 1842 [4/4478, pp. 215-217]
[4/4478, pp. 234-235] Index cont'd-B. G. H
828 [4/4479, pp. 1a- 25a] Index
Feb-Jul 1843 [4/4479, pp. 1-26]
829 Jul 1843-1844 [4/4479, pp. 27-87]
830 1844-45 [4/4479, pp. 88-148] Nos. 4[4/563-45/311
831 1845-46 [4/4479, pp. 149-209] Nos. 45/312-46/493
832 1846 [4/4479, pp. 210-243] Nos. 46/494-830
832 1846-47 [4/4480, pp. 1-47] Nos. 46/831-47/116
833 1847-48 [4/4480, pp. 48-169] Nos. 47/117-48/303
834 1848-51 [4/4480, pp. 170-291] Nos. 48/304-51/ 19
835 1851-June 1856 [4/4480, pp. 292-391] Nos. 51/ 20-56/ 13

Absolute pardons

NRS 1177, Registers of Absolute Pardons, 16 Dec 1791-1 Jul 1843
(1 part roll of 35mm microfilm)
Reel 800 part

An absolute pardon unconditionally remitted the remainder of a convict's sentence. As with conditional pardons, it was usually only given to convicts who had long sentences, such as fourteen years or life.

For the period 1791-1810, this register is only a list of persons receiving absolute pardons (showing number, date of pardon, and name until the commencement of Macquarie's administration, and then from 17 March 1810 to 24 August 1825 providing much fuller details). The first volume also contains manuscript copies of the pardons from 1 December 1830-26 February 1842 (on pages 68 to 194). The other volumes contain duplicates of the actual pardons.

This series and series below are located on the same microfilm.

Index

There is an index in the front of each volume.

Item List

Reel Dates Item
800 16 Dec 1791-24 Aug 1825 [4/4486]
1 Dec 1830-26 Feb 1842
6 May 1826-28 Jun 1831 [4/4487]
1 Dec 1832-1 Jul 1843 [4/4488]
NRS 1179, Registers of recommendations for Absolute Pardons, 6 May 1826-1846
(1 part roll of 35mm microfilm)
Reel 800 part

These volumes record details of convicts recommended for pardons and usually the names of the person or persons who did so.

This series and the previous series above are located on the same microfilm.

Index

There is an index in the front of each volume.

Item List

Reel Dates Item
800 6 May 1826-No.21 of 1844 [4/4489]
No. 22 of 1844-1846 [4/4490]

Applications to marry

NRS 12212, Registers of convicts' applications to marry, 1825-51
(23 microfiche)
Fiche 780-802

In the early years of the Colony, most marriages followed the publication of banns in a church on three successive Sundays. Convicts were married by banns having first sought official permission.

These registers record the names of the parties applying for permission to marry, their ages, the date of permission or refusal, ship of arrival, sentence, whether free or bond, and the name of clergyman. Arrangement is either by date of permission or refusal, or alphabetical by the male applicant's surname.

The first permission to marry recorded in these registers was granted on 6 January 1826, and the first refusal on 9 June 1826.

Indexes

These registers are partially indexed. The indexes have been filmed with the registers and are located as follows:

Fiche Description
780 Index to permissions granted, Jan 1826-May 1833
782 Partial index to females, A-C, May 1833-Dec 1837
791 Index to refusals, Jan 1831-Jul 1837
795 Index to permissions granted, Aug 1837-Sep 1842
798 Index to refusals, Aug 1837-Sep 1842
800 Index to permissions granted, Oct 1842-Feb 1851
802 Index to refusals, Sep 1842-Dec 1850

Item List

Fiche Item Dates Description
780 [4/4508] Jan 1826-May 1833 Index to permissions granted
780 [4/3408] Jan 1826-May 1828 Granted
781 [4/4508] May 1828-May 1833 Granted
782 [4/4509] May 1833-Dec 1837 Partial index to females, A-C
782 [4/4509] May 1833-Dec 1837 Partial index to females, A-F
783 [4/4509] May 1833-Dec 1837 Partial index to females, G-N (to 1833)
784 [4/4509] May 1833-Dec 1837 Partial index to females, N (from 1834)-T
785 [4/4509] May 1833-Dec 1837 Partial index to females, U-Z
786 [4/4510] Jan 1838-Mar 1841 A-G
787 [4/4510] Jan 1838-Mar 1841 H-R
788 [4/4510] Jan 1838-Mar 1841 S-Z
789 [4/4511] 1826-31 Granted
790 [4/4511] 1826-31 Refused
791 [4/1117.4] Jan 1831-Jul 1837 Index to refusals
791 [4/4512] Jan 1831-Dec 1834 Refused pp. 1-61
792 [4/4512] 1835-Jul 1837 Refused pp. 62-101
792 [4/4512] Jan 1831-1832 Granted pp. 1-76
793 [4/4512] 1833-Jan 1836 Granted pp. 77-194
794 [4/4512] Jan 1836-Jul 1837 Granted pp. 195-262
795 [4/4513] Aug 1837-Sep 1842 Index to permissions granted
795 [4/4513] Aug 1837-Dec 1838 Granted pp. 1- 71
796 [4/4513] Dec 1838-Nov 1840 Granted pp. 72-193
797 [4/4513] Nov 1840-Sep 1842 Granted pp. 194-310
798 [4/4513] Aug 1837-Sep 1842 Index to refusals
798 [4/4513] Aug 1837-Dec 1841 Refused pp. 1-99
799 [4/4513] Jan 1842-Sep 1842 Refused pp. 100-115
800 [4/4514] Oct 1842-Feb 1851 Index to permissions granted
800 [4/4514] Oct 1842-Dec 1844 Granted pp. 1-77
801 [4/4514] Dec 1844-Feb 1851 Granted pp. 78-166
802 [4/4514] Sep 1842-Dec 1850 Index to refusals
802 [4/4514] Sep 1842-Dec 1850 Refused pp. 1-39

Death Register

NRS 12213, Convict death register, 1828-79
(3 microfiche)
Fiche 749-751

This register records name, ship of arrival, age, date of burial, parish and occasionally other details relating to convicts whose deaths were reported to the Principal Superintendent of Convicts.

Entries are arranged alphabetically, and then within each letter by the date of death. They chiefly relate to convicts who were still serving their sentences at the time of death.

Item List

Fiche Description
749 A- H (to 1842)
750 H (from 1842)- S
751 T- Y

Musters and other papers

NRS 1155, Musters and other papers relating to convict ships, 1790-1849
(12 rolls of 35mm microfilm)
Reels 2417-2428

These papers usually came from England on the transport. The lists of convicts generally show only name, date and place of trial, and sentence. They are sometimes copies of the indentures with the owner of the ship contracting to transport convicts, or a muster taken before embarkation or just before or just after disembarkation. The other papers are miscellaneous - lists of deaths during the voyage, convicts to be employed in the iron'd gangs, warrants to transport military prisoners, lists of free settlers on board, etc. Occasionally there are letters about a convict after arrival.

Additional papers concern convicts from India, Cape of Good Hope, Mauritius, Canada, South Australia, Western Australia etc and occasionally convicts to Van Diemen's Land, Norfolk Island or Port Phillip, as well as New South Wales.

The documents, unless otherwise stated, are 'Musters' or 'Assignment Lists' of convicts showing name, date and place of trial, and sentence. They relate to ships arriving in New South Wales (NSW) between 1791 and 1849, Van Diemen's Land (VDL) between 1812 and 1824 with some ships to 1828, and Norfolk Island between 1826 and 1840.