Australian Convicts and Convict Ships

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Australian convict cap. Despite being impractical and unpopular, these leather caps remained part of the convict uniform at least into the 1850s.

Australian convict cap. Despite being impractical and unpopular, these leather caps remained part of the convict uniform at least into the 1850s.

The Alexander was a ship of the First Fleet to Australia in 1788. Find out more about the voyage of the Alexander at Free Settler or Felon

The Alexander was a ship of the First Fleet to Australia in 1788. Find out more about the voyage of the Alexander at Free Settler or Felon

Token, 1818 | Museum of London  "Convicts sentenced to transportation to Australia often gave their loved ones tokens as keepsakes. These are also known as 'leaden hearts'. Typically tokens were made by rubbing a coin and then engraving or stippling pictures and personal messages onto the smooth surface. The tradition of giving love tokens originated with sailors who left tokens for their sweethearts." Thomas Spicer arrived on the Morley in 1818. Find out more about the voyage of the Morley…

Token, 1818 | Museum of London "Convicts sentenced to transportation to Australia often gave their loved ones tokens as keepsakes. These are also known as 'leaden hearts'. Typically tokens were made by rubbing a coin and then engraving or stippling pictures and personal messages onto the smooth surface. The tradition of giving love tokens originated with sailors who left tokens for their sweethearts." Thomas Spicer arrived on the Morley in 1818. Find out more about the voyage of the Morley…

Woollen convict jacket, c. 1840. Dixson Library, State Library of NSW

Woollen convict jacket, c. 1840. Dixson Library, State Library of NSW

Caption, "Transportation of convicts from Britain to Australia in the 19th century."    Only after the War for Independence did the British start sending prisoners to their Australian colony instead.

Caption, "Transportation of convicts from Britain to Australia in the 19th century." Only after the War for Independence did the British start sending prisoners to their Australian colony instead.

Van Diemen convict and guard

Van Diemen convict and guard

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This pair of shoes was said to have been made by a convict from Port Arthur. (Used with permission: Collection: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gal...

This pair of shoes was said to have been made by a convict from Port Arthur. (Used with permission: Collection: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gal...

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