Port Arthur, Tasmania (Historical Site of old convict prison) - will be a great opportunity to earn more about the conditions my ancestors lived through!

Port Arthur, Tasmania (Historical Site of old convict prison) - will be a great opportunity to earn more about the conditions my ancestors lived through!

Ruins at Port Arthur in Tasmania, Australia. During the 1800's convicts were sent here to work.  You may run into a couple of ghosts here.

Ruins at Port Arthur in Tasmania, Australia. During the 1800's convicts were sent here to work. You may run into a couple of ghosts here.

Smoothing and engraving a coin with a message of affection was one of the few ways a convict transported to Australia could leave a memento behind with loved ones in England.    These small tokens are also known as 'leaden hearts'. They record personal and emotional responses from convicts whose lives are more often represented by official government records.    ref site for details on these coins and others

Smoothing and engraving a coin with a message of affection was one of the few ways a convict transported to Australia could leave a memento behind with loved ones in England. These small tokens are also known as 'leaden hearts'. They record personal and emotional responses from convicts whose lives are more often represented by official government records. ref site for details on these coins and others

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.

Ruins at Port Arthur, Tasmania. Former convict settlement on the Tasman peninsula

Ruins at Port Arthur, Tasmania. Former convict settlement on the Tasman peninsula

The Rocks is a fascinating heritage area in Sydney, where the first convicts landed. Take a walk down its streets and discover Australia's colonial history.

The Rocks is a fascinating heritage area in Sydney, where the first convicts landed. Take a walk down its streets and discover Australia's colonial history.

Australia 1986 Convict Settlement in New South Wales Set Fine Mint SG 1019/22 Scott 988/91 Other Australian Stamps HERE

Australia 1986 Convict Settlement in New South Wales Set Fine Mint

Australia 1986 Convict Settlement in New South Wales Set Fine Mint SG 1019/22 Scott 988/91 Other Australian Stamps HERE

Irish Female Convicts and Children Transported to Australia in 1848. Irish women and children were prisoners on the convict ship the John Calvin.    Children as young as 12 years old were among the Irish female convicts.

Irish Convicts Transported to Australia from Dublin

Irish Female Convicts and Children Transported to Australia in 1848. Irish women and children were prisoners on the convict ship the John Calvin. Children as young as 12 years old were among the Irish female convicts.


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Raby Farm where my convict great great uncle was assigned in 1826.

Raby Farm where my convict great great uncle was assigned in 1826.

You Wouldn't Want to Be an 18th-Century British Convict!: A Trip to Australia You'd Rather Not Take

You Wouldn't Want to Be an 18th-Century British Convict

You Wouldn't Want to Be an 18th-Century British Convict!: A Trip to Australia You'd Rather Not Take

Port Arthur, Tasmania (Historical Site of old convict prison) - will be a great opportunity to earn more about the conditions my ancestors lived through!

Port Arthur, Tasmania (Historical Site of old convict prison) - will be a great opportunity to earn more about the conditions my ancestors lived through!

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