Cover image for Indents of Male Convicts.
Series:
Indents of Male Convicts.
Series Number:
Access:
Open
Start Date:
27 Jul 1824
End Date:
26 May 1853
Source:
Tasmanian Archives
Creating Agency:
01 Jan 181831 Dec 1877
How to Use:
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Series notes:
The term "indents" is a contemporary one and seems to have had varied meanings. Its application to the documents of legal significance which conveyed a property in the services of the convicts is clear, as these were legal indentures

but the documents in this series, which were bound up after compilation, and the volumes entitled "Indents", were compiled on board the transports before the convicts disembarked

their purpose appears to have been to provide the basis for the "pre-arrival" information, certain parts of which were, after 1827, entered on the conduct records (CON 31).

The information regularly given includes number, name, when and where convicted, sentence, trade, native place, some details of personal appearance (always age and height) and some information on crime and relatives at the native place and elsewhere. After approximately 1828 information is usually given on literacy, religion, number of children. The "confession", or statement made by the convict on arrival of the offence for which he was transported and of previous record, appears regularly after 1841, and this information corresponds with the statement copied into the conduct records.

The indent papers were prepared on a ship's arrival, and the procedure seems to have been for the details on the Assignment List to be copied first and the rest added from personal questioning. Each volume usually contains lists for several ships often arranged in approximate alphabetical order by the ship's name, and each convict's entry is made under printed headings covering two pages.

Many volumes of indents have found their way out of official custody and are at present held elsewhere

others are in other Record Groups.

These records are part of the holdings of the Tasmanian Archives
Items:


Lady East 9 Apr 1825
Argyle 4 Aug 1831, William Glen Anderson 1 Nov 1831
Proteus 4 Aug 1831 , Larkins 19 Oct 1831
Mangles 1 Aug 1835
Lord Lyndoch 5 Feb 1841, Duncan 18 April 1841
Asia 21 Aug 1841
Layton 1 Sep 1841, Lord Goderich 18 November1841
Lady Raffles 17 Mar 1841, Barossa 6 Sep 1844
Waverley 12 Sep 1841, David Clarke 4 Oct 1841
Westmoreland 12 Sep 1841
Prince Regent 2 Jan 1842, Richard Webb 4 Mar 1842, John Brewer 6 Apr 1842
Barossa 13 Jan 1842, Eden 5 Jul 1842
Tortoise HMS 19 Feb 1842, Somersetshire 13 May 1842, Surrey 11 Aug 1842
Isabella 21 May 1842, Candahar 21 Jul 1842, Earl Grey 14 Jan 1843
Susan 24 Jul 1842, Isabella Watson 3 Aug 1842, Triton 19 Dec 1842
Elphinstone 28 Jul 1842, Marquis of Hastings 8 Nov 1842, Navarino 10 Jan 1843
Kinnear 23 Oct 1842, Emily 24 Nov 1842, Moffatt 28 Nov 1842
Cape Packet ex Waterloo 24 Nov 1842
Duchess of Northumberland 18 Jan 1843
North Briton 4 Apr 1843, Gilmore 20 Aug 1843, Elizabeth & Henry 9 Jun 1845, Ratcliffe 30 Aug 1845
John Renwick 11 Apr 1843, Constant 26 Aug 1843, Mount Stewart Elphinstone 17 Jun 1845
Cressy 20 Aug 1843, Maria Somes 30 Jul 1844
Forfarshire 12 Oct 1843, Cadet 24 Aug 1844, (p94, Image 99) Henrietta 19 Nov 1843, (p170, Image 175)
Lord Petre 15 Oct 1843, Asiatic 23 Sep 1843 ( p85, Image No 91) Emerald Isle 12 Oct 1843 (p261, Image No 167)
Anson HMS 4 Feb 1844, Equestrian 2 May 1844
Maitland 3 Mar 1844, Sir George Seymour 27 Feb 1845
Marion 4 Apr 1844, Orator 21 Nov 1843 (p122, Image 126) Duke of Richmond 2 Jan 1844 (p188, Image 192)
London 10 Jul 1844, Sir Robert Peel 26 Dec 1844
Emily 30 Oct 1844, Theresa 4 Jul 1845 (p91 Image 95) Tory 1 May 1847 p199, (Image 201) - from Norfolk Island - classified under the ships of original transportation.
William Jardine 20 Nov 1844, Lord Auckland 15 Nov 1844, (p120, Image 124)
Marion 16 Sep 1845, Aboukir 20 Mar 1852
Equestrian 5 Jul 1845, Lord Auckland 29 Jan 1853
Stratheden 25 Dec 1845, Lord Auckland 25 Aug 1846, Blenheim 24 Jul 1850
Pestongee Bomanjee 30 Dec 1845, Tory 18 Mar 1847
Samuel Boddington 18 Jan 1846, Joseph Somes 20 May 1846
Lady Palmira 23 Aug 1846, Eliza 3 Apr 1850, Neptune 5 Apr 1850
Pestongee Bomangee 17 Feb 1847, Tory 15 Jun 1847, Pestongee Bomangee 31 Jul 1852
Mount Stewart Elphinstone 18 May 1848, Anna Maria 7 Jun 1848 (p77, Image 79), Hyderabad 26 Aug 1849 (p97, Image 99) Adelaide 29 Nov 1849 (p214, Image 216)
Bangalore 14 Jul 1848, Pestongee Bomangee 2 Feb 1949, Eden 21 Jan 1849
Ratcliffe 12 Nov 1848, Blenheim 2 Feb 1849
Maria Somes 9 Aug 1850, Nile 3 Oct 1850, Rodney 28 Nov 1850, Cornwall 11 Jun 1851
William Jardine (2) 14 Nov 1850, London (2) 19 Mar 1851, Lady Kennaway (2) 28 May 1851, Blenhiem (4) 31 Oct 1851
Hyderabad 13 Dec 1850, Fairlie 3 Jul 1852, Lady Montagu 9 Dec 1852
Rodney 20 Dec 1851, Rodney 12 Feb 1853
Lord Dalhousie 14 Aug 1852
Equestrian 16 Dec 1852
Oriental Queen 19 Feb 1853, St Vincent 26 May 1853
Egyptian 23 Aug 1839
Part of indent of Red Rover 25 Mar 1831.
Asia 30 Jan 1827
Aurora 7 Oct 1827
John 29 Jan 1831
Argyle 4 Aug 1831
Strathfieldsay, 15 Nov 1831
Waterloo 3 Mar 1835, George III 12 Apr 1835
Chapman, 27 Jul 1824