Convicts being transported To Australia. Australia became the politically expedient safety valve for Britain's overpopulated jails. These were fit to burst after American colonies slammed the door on British deportees after the American War of Independence in 1776. In 1787, the first 11 ships carrying convicts to Australia – known as the First Fleet – set sail for New South Wales, arriving eight months later.

Website reveals secrets of convicts sent to Australia

Convicts being transported To Australia. Australia became the politically expedient safety valve for Britain's overpopulated jails. These were fit to burst after American colonies slammed the door on British deportees after the American War of Independence in 1776. In 1787, the first 11 ships carrying convicts to Australia – known as the First Fleet – set sail for New South Wales, arriving eight months later.

Hobart-Town, Van Diemens Land, Tasmania, Australia c.1841.v@e

Hobart-Town, Van Diemens Land, Tasmania, Australia c.1841.v@e

G. Bruce, Hobart Town Chain Gang. Ca. 1831. Copper engraving. From the collections of the State Library of New South Wales: http://acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=66087

G. Bruce, Hobart Town Chain Gang. Ca. 1831. Copper engraving. From the collections of the State Library of New South Wales: http://acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=66087

History of Hobart the once Hobart Town Gaol © photo by jadoretotravel

History of Hobart the once Hobart Town Gaol © photo by jadoretotravel

Convict Sites to Visit in Tasmania

Convict Sites to Visit in Tasmania


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Penitentiary Chapel - Prisoner Barracks in Hobart. Article and photo by Mike Fry for Think Tasmania.

Penitentiary Chapel - Prisoner Barracks in Hobart. Article and photo by Mike Fry for Think Tasmania.

Merchant ships at anchor in Sullivan’s Cove, Hobart Town, c. 1838.

Merchant ships at anchor in Sullivan’s Cove, Hobart Town, c. 1838.

One of the oldest bridges in Australia, the Richmond bridge was built in the new colony of Tasmania, in the village called Richmond, completed in 1825 by convict labour.

One of the oldest bridges in Australia, the Richmond bridge was built in the new colony of Tasmania, in the village called Richmond, completed in 1825 by convict labour.

Adjorning the Anglican Cathedral, St David's is the Cemetery. The plaques have been mounted on walls, a very interesting way of preserving the historic graveyard whilst merging into a busy little city of Hobart ©photo by jadoretotravel

Adjorning the Anglican Cathedral, St David's is the Cemetery. The plaques have been mounted on walls, a very interesting way of preserving the historic graveyard whilst merging into a busy little city of Hobart ©photo by jadoretotravel

St David's Anglican cathedral, Hobart A beautiful church to visit... its where de-commissioned flags go to die... ©photo by jadoretotravel

St David's Anglican cathedral, Hobart A beautiful church to visit... its where de-commissioned flags go to die... ©photo by jadoretotravel

Franklin Park, Hobart The statue is of Sir John Franklin who was Lieutenant-Govenor of Van Dieman's Land who in 1847 died with his crew whilst exploring for the much searched for 'NorthWest Passage' ©photo by jadoretotravel

Franklin Park, Hobart The statue is of Sir John Franklin who was Lieutenant-Govenor of Van Dieman's Land who in 1847 died with his crew whilst exploring for the much searched for 'NorthWest Passage' ©photo by jadoretotravel

A very sad death Buckland Cemetery  Buckland Tasmania

A very sad death Buckland Cemetery Buckland Tasmania

Cascades Female Factory Tasmania. Part of Convicts, Ghosts History and Beauty of Tasmania, Day 20 of Feature Down Under. See the story on our website http://www.experientialtraveller.com

Cascades Female Factory Tasmania. Part of Convicts, Ghosts History and Beauty of Tasmania, Day 20 of Feature Down Under. See the story on our website http://www.experientialtraveller.com

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