Free Settler or Felon

Newcastle and Hunter Valley History


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Use the Search Box above to find your Hunter Valley Ancestor.

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Free Settler or Felon is an on-going project. Use the Search Box to find references to people and places in Newcastle, Maitland and the Hunter Valley. Search by First Name, Surname, Ship or all three. Resources used to create database and Hints and Tips.

For more information about Doctors, Ministers, Soldiers or Police, enter their title in the First Name search field, eg. Rev - Dr- Constable- Major - Captain- Corporal etc.

Other subjects include Obituaries, Industry, Churches and Mounted Police.

Areas covered include: Maitland, Dungog, Wollombi, Scone, Newcastle, Brisbane Water, Raymond Terrace, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Murrurundi, Merton, Paterson, Lake Macquarie, Lochinvar, Jerry's Plains, Morpeth, Cassilis, Hinton, Clarencetown, Black Creek, Port Stephens, Hexham, Sugar loaf and many more.

Other pages give details of Bushrangers, Convicts, Innkeepers, Settlers, Coal Miners, Medical Practitioners, Military Officers, Law and Order, Scourgers and Placenames in the Hunter Valley.

Information about many of the Convict Ships arriving in New South Wales, Norfolk Island, Van Diemen's Land and Fremantle between the years 1788 and 1862 can be found here. The men who served as Surgeons on Convict Ships are on separate pages.

More about Female Convicts many of whom were sent to the Hunter Valley district can be found here

Browse the Links page to find Journals, Diaries and Reminiscences of life in colonial New South Wales or find the latest Australian History News here

Voyage Of The First Fleet

Members of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori communities are advised that this site contains names and images of deceased people.



Settler and Immigrant Ships

Medical Practitioners

Inns and Hotels

Indigenous Notes

Lake Macquarie History

Law and Order

Maitland History

Australian History News

Australian Slang


Reminiscences of Paterson - 1840s

James Kerton - Convict

Newcastle Past

A Last Farewell - Anzac Day at Newcastle in 1916

Richard Beacher - Newcastle Harbour Pilot

Port of Newcastle 1856

Convict Ship Captain John James Coombes

Captain Edward Biddulph R.N.,

Fighting Frank Darcy and the Spanish Influenza

H.M. Brig Kangaroo in Australia

George Caley - Botanist

John Macmillan - Convict Ship Surgeon

Cockatoo Island

Log Book of the Minerva Fever Ship in 1838

Cabbage Tree Hats

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