Thursday, December 13, 2012

Sentenced beyond the Seas: Australia's early convict records

State Records New South Wales

A project to digitise and index Australia's earliest convict records. Convict Indents list the convicts transported to New South Wales. Search over 12,000 names listed in these early records and view colour images of the indents online.

Sentenced beyond the Seas features the Indents of the First Fleet, Second Fleet and ships to 1801 and contemporary indexes known as the Alphabetical Indents, 1788-1800.
Early indents provide name, date and place of trial and sentence while the later indents usually include physical description, native place, age and crime.
This digitisation project marks the 225th anniversary in 2013 of the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove on 26 January 1788.