Convict Records of Western Australia: A Research Guide
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 104 pages
Author: Friends of the Battye Library & Swan Genealogy
Other: 2nd ed., b&w photos. addresses, index
Publisher: Friends of the Battye Library
Over 9500 men were convicted and transported to Western Australia. This research guide is written to advise people of the primary source records for those convicts who were transported to Western Australia. First produced in 1990, this has been updated and re-released in 2016.
It will help researchers find records not only in expected places but also in those that are less well known. There are many more sources available if the scope of the search is broadened. Remember that the facts in the Convicts in Western Australia 1850-1887, need to be confirmed and added to by consulting other sources from this guide, to help you to put meat on the bones of your subject.
It is hoped that using this book will enable the researchers examining convict lives to access the records they want with as little difficulty as possible. Research is neither easy nor quick, but a challenge, with the reward of furthering our understanding of the convict era in Western Australia.
When searching for a convict record three items are necessary - Name and/or alias, convict number and ship of arrival. This has been found to be the most successful way of researching the convict records of Western Australia.
- Australian Joint Copying Project
Suggested Steps for Tracing Convict Records in Western Australia
The Bicentennial Dictionary of Western Australians
Convicts in Western Australia.
Shipping Lists and Convict Indexes
Western Australian Convict Records
- Background to the Convict Establishment in Western Australia
- Convict Registers
- Ticket of Leave Registers, Conditional Pardons, Certificates of Freedom
- Convict Depots and Road Parties
- Medical Records
- Convict Families
- Absconders, Escapees and Reconvictions
- Petitions, Pardons, Freedoms and Expiration of Sentence
- Life in Western Australia
British Convict Records
- Prisons and Hulks
- Irish Transportation
Summary of where to find Convict Information
Table Showing WA Convict Numbers and Voyage Detail
Addresses to Repositories