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Irish and British Convicts

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  • Jane (Cameron) Elphick [Convict "Planter" 1839] (1811 - 1861)
    Jane CAMERON was born c1811 Perthshire, Scotland Jane was convicted and sentenced to 7 years transportation. She arrived in Sydney Cove on 9/3/1839 on "Planter" Jane married Stephen ELPHICK in 1848...
  • James Howlett [Convict "Larkins" 1817] (1798 - 1886)
    James HOWLETT was born c1798 (son of Edward HOWLETT and Sarah FRIEND) James was convicted and sentenced to transportation for life. He arrived in Sydney Cove on 22/11/1817 on "Larkins". Two of his br...
  • Patrick Flood [Convict "Tyne" 1819] (1793 - 1859)
    Patrick FLOOD was born c1793 Powercourt, Wicklow, Ireland Patrick was convicted of stealing shirts and sentenced to 7 years transportation. He arrived in Sydney Cove on 4/11/1819 on "Tyne". Patrick...
  • Mary (Stackhouse) England - Cross [Convict "Nortampton" 1815] (1787 - 1828)
    Mary STACKHOUSE was born c1787 Mary married Jame ENGLAND 6/2/1804 Aldersgate, London and they had the following children Mary Ann 1802 Rebecca 1807 Charles 1812 Mary was convicted of poss...
  • Owen Farrell [Convict "Sugar Cane" 1793] (1771 - 1832)
    Owen FARRELL was born c1771 Owen was convicted of theft and sentenced to 7 years transportation. He arrived in Sydney Cove on 17/9/1793 on "Sugar Cane". Owen had a relationship/marriage with Jane W...

Irish and British Convicts to Australia

This is the umbrella project for convicts projects and profiles currently on Geni

Between 1788 and 1868, approximately 165,000 convicts were transported to the various Australian penal colonies by the British government.

During the 17th and 18th centuries the British government transported some of their criminals to the American colonies, but this practice was brought to an end by the American Revolution and Britain's gaols became overcrowded. Transportation to Australia was set up with the First Fleet of 11 ships arriving in Botany Bay on 20 January 1788 to found a penal colony that became the first European settlement in Australia. Other penal colonies were later established in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), Queensland and Western Australia. The last convict ship left Britain in 1867 and arrived in Western Australia on 10 January 1868.

Many of the convicts were transported for petty crimes, such as stealing a handkerchief or a pair of buckles, and some were as young as 11 or 12. After their prison terms were served most stayed in Australia and joined the other settlers, with some rising to respected positions in Australian society.

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  • First of all you will need to join this project by clicking on the Actions button in the top right of this page and select Join from the dropdown menu.
  • To add a profile of an Irish convict you go to the profile click on the Actions button and select Add to project from the dropdown menu, a new dropdown menu will open and type in Irish Convicts to NSW and click done after the project appears on the screen.
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Top reasons why people were convicted

  • 1.Stealing an animal
  • 2.Stealing food
  • 3.Burglary
  • 4.Stealing from a person
  • 5.Robbery of arms
  • 6.Perjury
  • 7.Assault
  • 8.Coining
  • 9.Manslaughter

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