Convicts of the Port Phillip District

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 370 pages
Author: K. Clarke
Year: 1999
ISBN: 0958753334
Other: b&w photos, maps, bibliog, appendixes, index
Publisher: Keith Clarke

This work opens with eight chapters of the convict system. Its most valuable resource, however, is the appendices, listing the names, ship of transportation, trial and conviction, sentence, release, occupation and crime, for those 3700 convicts who were in the Port Phillip settlement before 1850. Their names are listed alphabetically by district.

Most convicts (111 pages in the largest appendix) were exiles to Port Phillip; the others were at the settlements at Port Phillip (63 pages), Sorrento (24 pages) and Western Port (4 pages); those convicted in the Supreme Court of the district are listed also (25 pages).

There are copious illustrations, engravings and maps to supplement the text, together with a list of references, including Home Office files, and a bibliography. The work is of particular interest to genealogists and family historians.

1. The Parish System and Local Government
2. Crime and Punishment
3. Pillar and Pillow Talk
4. Settlement at Sullivan's Bay (Sorrento)
5. Settlement at Western Port
6. Settlement at Melbourne
7. Recognition of Port Phillip Settlement
8. The La Trobe Years
- Imperial Measures and Conversions
- Abbreviations
- Data, Settlement at Sorrento
- Data, Settlement at Western Port
- Data, Port Phillip Settlement
- Exiles to Port Phillip
- Supreme Court of Melbourne

... a goldmine of information. ... is more than just a list of names. In eight detailed chapters the author fills in the background to the British settlement of the southern shores of Australia. One important theme is the threat from the French explorers.

5 Reviews
  • Everything you need to know about Convicts & the Port Phillip District

    Posted by Wendy Taylor on 28th May 2021

    This book is amazing, interesting, factual, I couldn't put it down. Along with a comprehensive list of convicts, the information about the Port Phillip area is so detailed I would highly recommend it to anyone.

  • Convicts of the Port Phillip District

    Posted by Jan Forsyth on 4th Mar 2021

    Fulfilled my expectations. Great reference book. Thank you

  • Convicts in early Australia

    Posted by Mark Robinson on 25th Feb 2021

    Clearly presented based on comprehensive research.
    Very readable, good illustrations
    Excellently researched

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