17th or 18th century ball and chain. Some of the convicts could be wearing

17th or 18th century ball and chain. Some of the convicts could be wearing

Convict love token, Australia,1792 - "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."

Convict love token, Australia,1792 - "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."

The Convict System - between 1788 and 1868, 165,000 convicts were transported to…

The Convict System - between 1788 and 1868, 165,000 convicts were transported to…

The First Fleet entering Port Jackson on the 26th of January, 1788. Drawn 1888.

The First Fleet entering Port Jackson on the 26th of January, 1788. Drawn 1888.

Drawing of the convict transportation ship "Neptune" that operated between England and Australia in 1789.

Drawing of the convict transportation ship "Neptune" that operated between England and Australia in 1789.

Port Arthur guards, 1866. From the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, Tasmania, and used on the Companion to Tasmanian History: http://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/P/Port%20Arthur.htm

Port Arthur guards, 1866. From the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, Tasmania, and used on the Companion to Tasmanian History: http://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/P/Port%20Arthur.htm

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