Convict Lives

Stories of convict transportation to Australia, from the collections of the State Library of New South Wales.
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'The landing of the convicts at Botany Bay', engraving from Watkin Tench's book, A Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay (1789). Dixson Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2025551

'The landing of the convicts at Botany Bay', engraving from Watkin Tench's book…

'A Deep One'. Portrait of George Barrington, Irish convict transported to Australia in 1791. Read more information about this item: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=900788

Portrait of George Barrington, Irish convict transported to…

View near Woolwich in Kent shewing [sic] the employment of the convicts from the hulks, c. 1800 / printed for Bowles & Carver. Hand-coloured copper print engraving. From the collections of the State Library of New South Wales: http://acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=456022

View near Woolwich in Kent shewing [sic] the employment of the convicts from the hulks, c. 1800 (State Library of NSW)

Poster advertising the autobiography of convict and bushranger, Martin Cash. 1870. Dixson Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=448998

Poster advertising the autobiography of convict and bushranger, Martin Cash.

Francis Greenway, Scene inside Newgate Prison, 1812. Oil on canvas. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=441844

Francis Greenway, Scene inside Newgate Prison, 1812. Oil on canvas. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=441844

Francis Greenway, The mock trial, 1812. Oil on canvas. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=441844

Francis Greenway, The mock trial, 1812. Oil on canvas. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=441844

Thomas Watling, Letters from an exile at Botany-Bay to his aunt in Dumfries : giving a particular account of the settlement of New South Wales, with the customs and manners of the inhabitants. 1794. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2492659

Thomas Watling, Letters from an exile at Botany-Bay to his aunt in Dumfries : giving a particular account of the settlement of New South Wales, with the customs and manners of the inhabitants. 1794. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2492659

Thomas Siderson, Certificate of Freedom No. 32/680 signed by the Colonial Secretary, Alexander McLeay and registered in the Office of the Principal Superintendent of Convicts. On the reverse is a description of Siderson. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=448973

Manuscripts, oral history & pictures - State Library of New South Wales

Ticket of leave no. 28/102 issued to William Anson, 16 May 1828, signed by Alexander McLeay, Colonial Secretary. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=423919

Ticket of leave no. 28/102 issued to William Anson, 16 May 1828, signed by Alexander McLeay, Colonial Secretary. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=423919

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