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Select from the Links below to find information about Convict Ships arriving in New South Wales, Norfolk Island and Van Diemen's Land between the years 1788 and 1850. Some of the information is adapted from Charles Bateson's The Convict Ships; Surgeons at Sea  (Online)- National Archives; Surgeon's Journals available at Ancestry; and various contemporary newspapers and journals.   Select here to find other resources used to compile Convict Ship pages
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Irish Convict Ship Trail

Norfolk Island

Ship Conditions

Political Prisoners

Commissioner's Enquiry

19C Medical Terms

The Naval Surgeon


Prison Hulk Report

Female Convict Ship Trail

First Fleet

Second Fleet

Third Fleet

Convict Ship Surgeons

Female Convict Links

Convict Ships in 1835


Hunter Valley Convicts
- Many of the ships on these pages transported felons who would later be assigned or settle in the Hunter River region. Search here to find out more about Hunter Valley convicts and settlers.

Convict Ships to Norfolk Island

Nautilus   Augusta Jessie    Mangles    Maitland    Blundell    Agincourt    Hydrabad    David Malcolm    Mayda    China    John Calvin    Eliza 

First Fleet 1788 :

The First Fleet consisted of two Royal Navy escort ships, HMS Sirius and HMS Supply  accompanied by six convict transports, the Alexander, Charlotte, Friendship, Lady Penrhyn, Prince of Wales and the Scarborough, and three store ships, the Borrowdale, Fishburn and Golden Grove.

Second Fleet 1790 :

The Second Fleet consisted of six ships - the Guardian, Lady Juliana, Surprize, Neptune, Scarborough, and a supply ship the Justinian.

The Third Fleet 1791 :

The Third Fleet consisted of eleven ships - Mary Ann, Matilda, Atlantic, Salamander, William and Ann, Gorgon, Active, Queen, Albemarle, Britannia, Admiral Barrington.


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The Naval Surgeon Comprising the Entire Duties of Professional Men at Sea By William Turnbull




Resources used to compile Convict Ship pages:

Sydney Gazette, The Australian, The Monitor, The Maitland Mercury and other publications available via Australia Trove

UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books,  - Ancestry

Various 19th Century British Library Newspapers available via National Library of Australia eResourses ( see Cora Num's site for instructions to access)

Lesley Uebel's Port Jackson Convict Anthology

Surgeon's Journals at National Archives 

UK Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1857 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Admiralty and predecessors: Office of the Director General of the Medical Department of the Navy and predecessors: Medical Journals (ADM 101, 804 bundles and volumes). Records of Medical and Prisoner of War Departments. Records of the Admiralty, Naval Forces, Royal Marines, Coastguard, and related bodies. The National Archives. Kew, Richmond, Surrey.

Publications available at Google Books

Historical Records of New South Wales Vols. 1 - VII

Historical Records of Australia Series 1

The Convict Ships - Charles Bateson

Martin Cash: His Personal narrative as a Bushranger in Van Diemens Land

Free Settler or Felon Database

Journeys In Time 1809 - 1822 - The Journals of Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Online

North to Matsumae, Australian Whalers to Japan by Noreen Jones.

Bound For Botany Bay: Narrative of a voyage in 1798 Aboard the Death Ship Hillsborough - Frank Clune

A Narrative of a Voyage to New South Wales, in the year 1816, in the ship Mariner, describing the Nature of the Accommodations, Stores, Diet &c., together with an account of the Medical Treatment &c." by John Haslam in John Croaker: convict Embezzler: John Booker and Russell Craig. New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary's Papers, 1788-1825 [database on-line].

Australian Town and Country Journal 3 January 1891 - Arrivals of vessels at Port Jackson and Departures of same up to 1817

Transcriptions of Lloyds Register of Ships

Australian Dictionary of Biography

East Indian Company Ships

Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie Archive

Journal of Arthur Bowes Smyth, 1787 March 22-1789 August 8 [manuscript]., National Library of Australia, MS 4568

Records of Bristol Ships 1800 - 1838

Musters and other papers relating to convict ships. Series CGS 1155, Reels 2417-2428. State Records Authority of New South Wales. Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia

A Military History of Australia - Jeffrey Grey

Travels in Ireland in the Year 1822 - Thomas Reid

Rude, George F.E. Protest and Punishment: The Story of the Social and Political Protesters Transported to Australia, 1788-1868

Lloyds Register

Bassett, M.,1940 The Governor's Lady: Mrs Philip Gidley King, Oxford University Press, London  

Reflections on the colony of New South Wales... / ed. by J.E.B. Currey. [Melb.]:Lansdowne Press


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